Advanced air cargo screening advancing to forwarding community

May 14, 2018 – The Midwest Global Trade Association (MGTA) in its World Trader newsletter today is reporting that JAS Forwarding (USA) is now assisting CBP and TSA on its initiative to provide enhanced security for air cargo coming into the United States, and is advocating further forwarder participation.

Air Cargo

Government officials have stated that mandatory compliance with ACAS may be expedited because of a recent scare concerning an IED found on a plane headed for the United States. This prompted an emergency order requiring stricter scrutiny of air cargo by TSA Administrator David Pekoske. Growing terrorist concern has already prompted 6 airlines to comply with this requirement on all cargo originating from certain countries.

The Air Cargo Advanced Screening (ACAS) initiative was created by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to gather data concerning the parties and commodities involved in air cargo prior to its loading on an aircraft at a foreign port. The initiative is currently in the pilot phase allowing CBP to collaborate with the air cargo industry to determine the most effective means of achieving the desired regulatory results without affecting the speed of air cargo operations. CBP extended the ACAS pilot program last year in hopes of getting more participation.

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