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U-Freight ready for new screening regime

[ January 6, 2020   //   ]

U-Freight has become one of the first freight forwarders to have a Hong Kong hub certified by the Civil Aviation Department (CAD) as a Regulated Air Cargo Screening Facility (RACSF). New enhanced International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards started on 1 January and will be implemented in phases to achieve 100% screening by 30 June 2021.

In Hong Kong, under the transitional arrangement all RACSFs are required to gradually increase the percentage of air cargo being screened. From January to April 2020, 25% of cargoes (by weight) are required to be screened; increasing to 40% in phase two from May to August 2020; 70% from September 2020 to February 2021; and 100% from March to the final deadline on 30  June 30.

U-Freight Group has installed an X-ray machine at its Golden Bear Industrial Centre in Hong Kong, giving staff experience in the scanning process, as well as helping to identify prohibited/suspect products inside the ever-increasing number of e-commerce parcels it handles.

A second enhanced X-ray machine was installed in July 2019, which can scan consignments up to pallet size. The company modified its export operations warehouse to accommodate the existing X-ray machine, as well as the newly purchased one.