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US-bound air cargo screening conditions set to change

Submitted on Friday, 28th April 2017

As of July 1 2017, exporters will be unable to send their goods to the US by air unless they comply with new US air cargo screening requirements.


These requirements have been imposed on airlines by the US Government. The Australian Government is working with Australian businesses to help them comply with these US requirements, ensure readiness for the change and reduce red tape while enabling a smooth transition.

We urge any exporters doing business with the US to prepare for this change as the deadline is non-negotiable.

There are two options for meeting the new US requirements:

  • Using an Australian Government-approved freight agent who can examine your US-bound air cargo (a list of Regulated Air Cargo Agents is available here); or
  • Being approved as a Known Consignor, so you can secure air cargo originating from your business to minimise potential delays and costs. If you wish to become a Known Consignor it is important that you start the process now so you are ready for the change. Click here to begin the process of being approved as a Known Consignor.

If you are not a Known Consignor, talk to your freight forwarder about how they will examine or arrange for your cargo to be examined at piece level.

More information including responses to Frequently Asked Questions can be found on and via the Department’s website at

For more information, contact or ring the Office of Transport Security Guidance Centre on 1300 791 581 between 9am and 5pm on weekdays. You can also subscribe to Air Cargo Security updates here.

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