Changes to US-bound Air Cargo Screening Requirements

From 1 July 2017, screening requirements for air cargo to the United States (US) will change. These requirements have been imposed on airlines by the US Government. The Australian Government is working with Australian businesses to help them comply with the US requirements, ensure readiness and reduce red tape while enabling a smooth transition.

These changes mean that all air cargo being transported to the US must either be examined at piece level (box, carton, pallet or another deconsolidated form of cargo) or originate from a Known Consignor.

Australian-based exporters, freight forwarders and airlines need to adopt new security measures to comply with the new US requirements.

Australian companies should act now, or they will not be able to export to the US by air after 1 July. This deadline imposed by the US is not negotiable.

Exporters have two options for meeting these requirements:

Options for US bound air cargo from July 2017

Options for US bound air cargo from July 2017
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Exporters should start the process now so they are ready for the change, and to secure the future of their US export business. Exporters who are not planning to become a Known Consignor should talk to their freight forwarder about how they can examine or arrange for their cargo to be examined at piece level.

Freight forwarders should talk to their customers now about how you can help them to secure their US export business. If a customer is not a Known Consignor, freight forwarders will need to arrange to examine their US-bound air cargo at piece level by a Regulated Air Cargo Agents.

Enhanced Air Cargo Examination (EACE) notices are available to businesses operating in Australia. Businesses that are interested in, or are currently capable of, piece-level examination should contact the Department at for further information.

Want more information about EACE?

The Frequently Asked Questions: changes to US-bound air cargo screening requirements provides further information.

For more information, contact or ring the Office of Transport Security Guidance Centre on 1300 791 581 between 9am and 5pm on weekdays.