New Security Measures For U.S. Inbound CargoNovember 10, 2010
As a result of the events surrounding the U.S. inbound cargo over the past week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security continues to strengthen security requirements for all U.S. aircraft operators and foreign carriers regarding cargo inbound to the U.S.
In addition to the full ban on all cargo originating from Yemen and Somalia, the majority of U.S. based passenger airlines have implemented a full ban on cargo which represents an elevated risk and is destined to or transitioning through the U.S.
Elevated Risk Cargo meets one or more of the following criteria:
- The cargo shipment is described as “personal effects” or “household goods” or has commodity information that is missing or inaccurate.
- Shipments paid by cash, personal check, or C.O.D.
- Shipments from a shipper that does not have an established business relationship of more than thirty (30) calendar days and an established shipping and billing address.
- Cargo accepted from and International Air Transport Association (IATA)-registered agent, other cargo agent, freight forwarder, consolidator, or air carrier that does not have an established business relationship of more than thirty (30) calendar days and an established shipping and billing address.
- Cargo accepted from the direct employees of an aircraft operator.
This measure will be effective for thirty (30) days beginning on November 8th, 2010.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, “the threats of terrorism we face are serious and evolving, and these security measures reflect our commitment to using current intelligence to stay ahead of adversaries-working closely with our international, federal, state, local and private sector partners every step of the way.”
If you have en-route air shipments or you are planning on scheduling one for the next 30 days, please contact your Arpin Representative immediately to consider other alternatives.