Home > Changes to the Transitional Arrangement for ICAO New Policy Direction
To help the air cargo industry gradually gear up for the full implementation of the ICAO new policy direction, the Government has been supporting and facilitating the air cargo industry in their preparation for the enhanced screening requirements. One of the key measures, as promulgated by the Government in October 2018, is to put in place a transitional arrangement. According to the arrangement, starting from November 2019, the Regulated Agents (RAs) are required to gradually increase the screening percentage of known cargoes consigned by existing known / account consignors, which have not been validated by CAD to 100% in phases before the deadline imposed by ICAO (30 Jun 2021).
To complement the anticipated gradual increase in screening demand, the CAD introduced the Regulated Air Cargo Screening Facilities Scheme in October 2018 to enable and regulate air cargo screening at off-airport locations. The air cargo industry has overall shown good support to the scheme and the response has been encouraging. The Government has been keeping a close watch to ensure that an adequate supply of screening facilities would be available to cope with the gradual increase in screening demand. It is noted that prospective facility operators have been gradually procuring and installing screening equipment, and are making adjustments to their operational workflow to prepare for the screening of air cargo.
The Government fully appreciates the industry’s strong demand to boost the export air cargo throughput towards the end of this year, especially noting the sharp decline in air cargo throughput in the first half of 2019. In the light of the latest situation of the Hong Kong economy of which the air cargo industry plays a significant role, and in view of recent feedback received from the industry, the CAD adjusted the transitional arrangement on 13 September 2019. The adjusted transitional arrangement would take effect from January 2020, instead of November 2019 as originally planned. This would allow the air cargo industry more time to cope with the enhanced security screening requirements amidst the economic challenges the industry is facing.
For the smooth implementation of an enhanced air cargo security regime, members of the air cargo industry, including but not limited to consignors, freight forwarding agents, cargo terminal operators and airlines, are encouraged to take note of the adjusted transitional arrangement and prepare for the gradual increase in cargo screening percentage.
The details of transitional arrangement are as follows:
More details of the transitional arrangement, including details of relevant submissions to CAD, will be announced by CAD nearer the time.
Entities interested in applying for registration as Regulated Air Cargo Screening Facilities (RACSF) are encouraged to submit applications to CAD as early as possible, taking into account the schedule of the transitional arrangement.