Tigers Australia acquires new air cargo security equipment ahead of new security law roll-out
Jan 18, 2019: Tigers Australia has invested in new screening technology to maintain speedy cargo handling in Perth.
The move taken by the Hong-Kong based supply chain specialist is just in time to be fully compliant with the Australian government's air cargo security legislation being introduced on March 1, 2019.
The new legislation says that outbound international air cargo must be examined at piece-level by a Regulated Air Cargo Agent (RACA) or originate from a Known Consignor, according to a notice from the Australian government's Department of Home Affairs.
With the acquisition of new equipment, the Perth facility will also become an accredited Regulated Air Cargo Agent (RACA), an additional legal requirement to conduct physical examinations of export cargo.
The equipment includes state-of-the-art X-ray equipment, two explosive trace detection units, and an electro-magnetic detection (EMD) machine, resulting in the Western Australia capital becoming the only Tigers location in Australia with the capacity to conduct air export screenings internally.
Jason Radford, general manager, Tigers Perth said: 'At the Perth facility, we operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so we will also offer the service to the entire Perth airfreight market.
'This will allow export cargo screening to be completed after-hours, therefore reducing the need for customers to deliver directly to the Cargo Terminal Operator (CTO) where wait times can be in excess of six hours.
The new X-ray machine at Tigers Australia will allow shipments up to 1,810 mm by 1,872 mm to pass through the tunnel with minimal handling to speed up the processing time.
The EMD machine will enable a full skid of product to be scanned, which will reduce the physical handling of cargo and ensure shipments arrive at destinations in premium condition.