Flight Global on 11th June reported that US security officials have uncovered specific cargo-related terrorist threats against US-bound aircraft, prompting the customs agency to tighten requirements related to air cargo reporting. The Department of Homeland Security has therefore changed the deadline by which airlines must file cargo security reports with CBP. Carriers already submit similar reports to US customs officials, but, in most cases, those reports are not due until 4 hours prior to a flight’s arrival.
US: AIR CARGO SECURITY PROGRAMME MADE PERMANENT
Sandler Travis & Rosenberg on 12th June reported that US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is implementing a mandatory Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) programme after running ACAS as a pilot since December 2010. ACAS will continue to require the carrier or other eligible party to electronically transmit certain data elements to CBP as early as practicable but no later than prior to loading the cargo onto the aircraft abroad, but with new data. CBP will issue ACAS referrals when clarifying information and/or enhanced screening of high-risk cargo is needed to mitigate any risk. In addition, CBP will issue “do not load” instructions when a combination of ACAS data and intelligence points to a threat or terrorist plot in progress.