US mandates ACAS cargo security requirements

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June 14, 2018: The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is amending its regulations pertaining to the submission of advance air cargo data to implement a mandatory Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) program.

As per the amendment, any inbound aircraft that has commercial cargo aboard is required to make entry under the CBP regulations. The ACAS program requires the inbound carrier or other eligible party to electronically transmit specified advance cargo data (ACAS data) to CBP for air cargo transported onboard US bound aircraft as early as practicable, but no later than prior to loading of the cargo onto the aircraft. The current rule requires the information to be provided four hours before arrival.

The ACAS program enhances the security of the aircraft and passengers on US bound flights by enabling CBP to perform targeted risk assessments on the air cargo prior to the aircraft’s departure for the United States. These risk assessments will identify and prevent high-risk air cargo from being loaded on the aircraft that could pose a risk to the aircraft during flight.

The new regulation will come into effect from June 12, 2018.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and CBP also invited comments that relate to the economic, environmental, or federalism effects that might result from this interim final rule.

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