Air Cargo Pilot Extended for Another Year, Reopened to New Participants
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has extended for another year, through July 26, 2016, the Air Cargo Advance Screening pilot program, which is used to target high-risk air cargo. CBP has also reopened through Oct. 26 the deadline for applications from those wishing to participate in this program.CBP states that it is seeking to provide sufficient opportunity to the broader air cargo community to participate and prepare for a potential regulatory regime in a pilot environment. The agency would also like to ensure continuity in the flow of advance air cargo security information as the rulemaking process progresses.
The ACAS pilot is a voluntary test in which participants (including express carriers, passenger carriers, heavy all-cargo carriers and freight forwarders) submit a subset of the required advance air cargo data to CBP at the earliest point practicable prior to loading of the cargo onto the aircraft destined to or transiting through the United States.The data elements submitted as part of this pilot include air waybill number, total quantity based on the smallest external packing unit, total weight, cargo description, shipper name and address, and consignee name and address. Participants must also (1) mitigate, according to Transportation Security Administration screening protocols, any threat identified by the National Targeting Center, (2) respond promptly with complete and accurate information when contacted by the NTC with questions regarding the data submitted, (3) follow any Do Not Load instructions, and (4) partake in regular teleconferences or meetings established by CBP, when necessary, to ensure that any issues or challenges regarding the pilot are communicated and addressed.