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U.S. Government Expands Air Cargo Security Screening Program

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency announced that it has "formalized and expanded" its Air Cargo Advance Screening pilot program, which enables cargo executives to send and receive advance security filing data for their consignments.

Although participation is still in a voluntary stage, the CBP and the U.S. Transportation Security Administration are championing the ACAS as the way to identify high-risk shipments earlier in the game.

The CBP said that identifying high-risk shipments sooner provides it with time to conduct a comprehensive review of cargo data without impeding the flow of trade. Determining cargo that requires enhanced screening before it's loaded on an aircraft also reduces paper documentation related to screening mandates, the CBP added.

In May, the TSA announced that it set a December 3 deadline for screening all cargo on U.S.-bound passenger flights.

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Although participation is still in a voluntary stage, the CBP and the U.S. Transportation Security Administration are championing the ACAS as the way to identify high-risk shipments earlier in the game.

The CBP said that identifying high-risk shipments sooner provides it with time to conduct a comprehensive review of cargo data without impeding the flow of trade. Determining cargo that requires enhanced screening before it's loaded on an aircraft also reduces paper documentation related to screening mandates, the CBP added.

In May, the TSA announced that it set a December 3 deadline for screening all cargo on U.S.-bound passenger flights.

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