CBP Strategic Plan Details Air Cargo Advance Screening Program
(STR Trade Report)
U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently made available a strategic plan for its Air Cargo Advance Screening program. ACAS is a joint effort between CBP and the Transportation Security Administration that was developed after an October 2010 incident in which authorities discovered in an airplane inbound from Yemen two packages containing bombs designed to detonate over Chicago. The plan states that the “trusted shipper” concept embedded in ACAS is an essential element in enabling passenger carriers to attain the 100% screening of inbound cargo required by law without disruption to the global air cargo supply chain.
ACAS uses advance shipment data to assess risk on air cargo transported into the U.S. from foreign locations, identify cargo requiring enhanced pre-departure physical screening protocols, and prevent the loading of high-risk cargo before it departs from an overseas airport. Express carriers, passenger air carriers, freight forwarders and all-cargo air carriers can send and receive advance security filing data and related action messages for all air cargo through CBP’s Automated Targeting System based on three filing options. Read more here.
Date: April 10, 2012