Under amendments to the Canadian Aviation Security Regulations, 2012, Transport Canada is introducing changes to the Air Cargo Security Program. These amendments will introduce additional options for the screening and securing of air cargo, enhance the security of the overall supply chain, and align the Canadian regime with international standards.
Cargo can already be screened efficiently and effectively at a variety of points. To avoid potential bottlenecks at Canadian airports, under the updated program, businesses will have additional flexibility to determine when and where they screen and secure cargo for air transport.
Under the new regulations, businesses may apply to join Canada’s Air Cargo Security Program on a voluntary basis. If accepted into the program, they will be allowed to handle, store, transport, and screen air cargo according to stringent conditions prior to its arrival at the airport.
Participants must comply with all regulatory requirements and are subject to ongoing oversight and enforcement by Transport Canada. The regulations include requirements for:
- Screening of air cargo by shippers;
- Tendering, transporting and storing of secure air cargo;
- Background checks of workers with access to secure cargo;
- Reporting of security incidents; and,
- Enhanced record keeping.
Interested participants can begin applying to the updated program in fall 2015. The amendments come into effect on October 17, 2016. In addition to bringing Canada in line with international shipping standards, they will help advance Beyond the Border—the Canada-U.S. Action Plan on Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness.