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We’re not ready for screening scheme, say US forwarders

[ June 5, 2014   //   ]

The US freight industry is calling on the Federal government to allow more input from freight forwarders, especially small and medium-sized operators, before expanding the Air Cargo Advanced Screening (ACAS) program.
The program to risk-assess advance data on inbound air shipments to the US to assess ris, is currently in pilot phase, but US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has signalled that they intend to expand it to apply to all inbound air cargo via a rulemaking.

However, the Airforwarders’ Association, the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America, The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) and the Express Delivery and Logistics Association have jointly written to CBP and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) saying that, while they support ACAS’s risk-based analysis at shipment level in principle, some issues have not been fully resolved at the pilot stage.

The letter asks for further meetings between agencies and representatives to discuss their concerns.

Other concerns are differing global standards; not all countries of origin allow forwarders to screen cargo and it is important for ACAS to clarify what the process and verification procedures will be when an ACAS dual-filing is made at a foreign location, first by the forwarder and then by the carrier, the letter says. It also calls for rules to determine when additional high risk screening will be performed.

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