1. How will Part 108 regulations affect air carriers?
As from 01 July 2009, in terms of cargo, air carriers will only be allowed to upload “known cargo”.
2. What is ‘known cargo”
“Known cargo” means a consignment to which the appropriate security controls, prescribed by Part 108, have been applied. In essence an air carrier must receive cargo from a Regulated Agent who has applied the appropriate security controls and hands the cargo over to the air carrier as “known cargo”.
3. What is a Known Consignor?
A Known Consignor means the originator of goods for carriage by air, who has an established business with a Regulated Agent on the basis of agreed security criteria as prescribed in Part 108, and who complies with the criteria prescribed in Part 108 for a Known Consignor.
4. Is it compulsory to become a Known Consignor?
5. What is the benefit of becoming a Known Consignor?
Regulated Agents will be required to screen only 10% of your cargo. If you are not a Known Consignor, they will have to screen 100% of your cargo.
6. What is required from a Known Consignor?
A Known Consignor must ensure that:
a. Known cargo is packed and secured on secure premises and protected against unlawful interference during preparation, storage and transportation.
b. Staff that handle or have access to known cargo or known cargo documentation must undergo background checks and receive air cargo security familiarization training.
c. Training, background checks and shipping documents shall be kept securely for at least 1 year.
d. All business conducted must be in line with the requirements of the security manual of each Regulated Agent with whom business is conducted.
e. Consignments of known cargo are sealed with tamper-evident seals and seals must remain intact whilst in the possession of the Known Consignor.