The revisions to the Part 108, Part 109 and Part 110 Regulations and Technical Standards that have been in the works since 2012 passed the final benchmark on the 12th June 2015.
The Regulations will now go to the Minister for signature before becoming law and the Technical Standards will go to the Director of Civil Aviation for signature.
Here are some of the things that you need to know:
1. High Risk Cargo and the security measures relating to High Risk Cargo are clearly set out;
2. All Regulated Agents and Known Consignors to apply cyber security measures
3. Procedures for Transfer and Transit cargo set out;
4. Changes to Exempted Cargo, in particular that human remains are no longer exempt;
5. Regulated Agents no longer have to screen 10% of cargo from Known Consignors;
6. Known Consignors no longer function on the basis of a relationship with a Regulated Agent only, each Known Consignor now requires a Security Manual and is free to deal with any Regulated Agent;
7. Training for the personnel of Regulated Agents and Screeners is no longer under Part 108 all security training is now under Part 109;
8. Air Cargo Security Familiarisation Training as we knew it under Part 108 has been replaced by Aviation Security Awareness Training under Part 109 and the scope of people requiring training has been dramatically increased;
9. Screeners now require 10 days training plus 1 day X-Ray machine familiarisation training plus 10 days On The Job Training per screening method that they will use;
10. Screener Supervisors must be qualified Screeners before undergoing an additional 5 days of Supervisor training;
11. Security Managers, Designated Officials and Deputy Designated Officials require 5 days training.
These are some highlights, we are available if you need further details on any of the above and on the possible implications for your business.
The changes to Part 108 and security measures have long since been introduced into most security programs these should not cause any problems at all and should be welcomed as they are very good for cargo security.
Probably the most contentious issue from these Regulations will no doubt be the length of training for Screeners and Supervisors of Screeners. In the cargo world training required goes up dramatically.
We fully support these changes, remember that Screeners ensure your safety and the safety of all who fly, do you really want a poorly trained individual who has been given the minimum possible training screening the cargo under your seat?
We need to have world class training and certification, period. No debate, no if or buts, no excuses or debates about time and expense, this is a security issue not an economic debate.
Even the much vaunted TSA has challenges, they recently failed 97% of routine security tests.