A secure supply chain is a practical approach for moving air cargo. It keeps air cargo secure and free from tampering while being handled at different stages of its journey.
Starting October 17, 2016, air cargo can be screened and made secure as early as the time it is packed, and up until the time it is tendered to an air carrier. If a business wants to be involved in screening, storing, transporting, tendering and / or accepting secure air cargo, it can apply to participate in Transport Canada’s Air Cargo Security Program.
Program participant categories
The Program has five participant categories that provide options for where cargo can be screened and made secure. These categories enable industry to meet security requirements and avoid undue air cargo transportation delays.
The Program participant categories are:
- Known Consignor – originates air cargo that has been made secure through a screening process applied at the time of packing.
- Certified Agent – stores, transports and/or accepts cargo that an authorized Air Cargo Security Program participant has screened and made secure.
- Regulated Agent – screens cargo on behalf of others to make it secure and subsequently stores and/or transports the secure cargo.
- Account Consignor – originates cargo and has it screened by an authorized participant in the Air Cargo Security Program to make it secure.
- Authorized Cargo Administrator – directs the movement of secure cargo without coming into contact with it (i.e., provides logistics services without screening, storing and/or transporting the secure cargo).
More information on the participant categories is available in the following fact sheets:
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