October 17 marks the start of Transport Canada's changes to the Air Cargo Security Program.
This is an important change that concerns all of us involved in air freight.
Over the past several months, we at Air Canada Cargo have been working to ensure we are fully prepared to ensure the transition to this new program is smooth. We've encouraged our customers and partners to apply in time to the new program.
We're also investing. We will increase the number of onsite screening agents at our key Canadian stations to accommodate additional volume of screenings and invest in additional equipment.
If your business has already applied to Transport Canada's Transport Canada's Air Cargo Security Program, make sure you are prepared when your file comes up for review by Transport Canada to avoid delays.
If you have not yet applied to Transport Canada's Air Cargo Security Program, Transport Canada will continue to process all application received beyond October 17. As the approval process can take up to 6 months, it is important for your business to submit as soon as possible.
TIPS FOR A SMOOTH TRANSITION
As partners in the secure chain, it is important that we all work together. Gere are a few things you can do to help make this transition smooth:
- As October 17 approaches, make sure everyone in your organization is aware of the changes.
- Talk to your drivers. Let them know this change is coming.
- Ensure your shipments are tendered with all the proper paperwork filled out.
- Keep peak periods in mind, and when possible tender ahead of times that are likely to be busy.
For more information regarding Transport Canada's Air Cargo Security Program, please visit Transport Canada's website
, or call their Air Cargo Security Support Centre at 1-866-375-7342.