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AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 2015 • Page 17 its legislative and regulatory frame- works, air carriers operating to the US will establish appropriate implementa- tion plans for their specific operations.” it notes that providing amendments to TSA’s Standard Security Programs will “allow the contingent recognition of Australia’s nCSP while air carriers adopt a phased-in approach to the new Australian supply chain security regime while achieving compliance with US inbound requirements”. TSA and OTS have pledged to work together and with the industry “to en- sure commensurate levels of air cargo security are maintained. This agree- ment will ensure that bilateral trade will continue while enhancing air cargo security outcomes in both countries.” AFiF’s chief executive Brian Lovell says the organisation believes the re- vised deadline of July 2017 will enable participants in the export supply chain to implement screening technology, systems and processes to ensure strict compliance with the TSA regulations and to the satisfaction of carriers oper- What’s the OTS? — Vital to all of us it what ALMOST ever yone in the industry is familiar with the Australian Border Force – perhaps still getting use to its new name and restructuring – but there are several other government agencies with roles in air cargo which are less well known. There’s the International Air Services Commission (IASC), for instance, which vets Australian carrier applications for authorised cargo and passenger route allocations; and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), which ensures aviation works professionally at all levels. We report regularly on both. While most shippers, forwarders and brokers seldom come into direct contact with IASC or CASA, one lesser known ‘agency’ – the OTS - does have a direct if not always evident impact on our daily activities. OTS – the Office of Transport Security – is part of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development. It is the government’s preventive security regulator for the aviation and maritime sectors and its primary adviser on transport security. OTS works with Australian states and territories, other government agencies and international governments and bodies. Liaison with the transport and logistics sector is an important part of its activities. This collaborative effort is designed to improve security and prevent transport security incidents through the gathering of intelligence, formulation of policy and as regulator, auditing compliance and ensuring a nationally- consistent approach that complies with international standards. The agency has offices in Canberra, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne (with responsibility for Tasmania as well as Victoria), Adelaide, Perth and Darwin. OTS personnel are also posted in the Philippines, Thailand, UAE, Indonesia, PNG and USA. OTS last year published Transport Security Outlook to 2025, an evidence- based view of the likely future for the transport security environment in Australia. This is available as a pdf on www. infrastructure.gov.au/transport/security ating passenger services to USA. But, he stresses, although the exten- sion of time is a welcome outcome, the final decision regarding uplift of air cargo on a flight rests with the carrier. AFiF has advised members to dis- cuss specific security requirements with their respective carriers operat- ing passenger services to USA. Meantime, Australian Trusted Trader is moving ahead steadily. When in full Brian Lovell AFIF chief executive operation ATT will be available to all ABn holders actively involved in the in- ternational supply chain. This includes importers, exporters, domestic and in- ternational freight companies, airports, maritime ports and brokers. ATT aligns with WCO’s SAFE Framework, allowing more efficient clearance of low-risk cargo. Border clearance requirements are tailored to particular risks specific to a business and to their goods and supply chain. Michaelia Cash, assistant minister for immigration and border protec- tion, pointed out that ATT was built on the dual pillars of security and trade facilitation. “This is pioneering work as many similar programs overseas focus only on one or the other. “The program will build resilience against organised crime groups and terrorism while simultaneously foster- ing active partnerships with industry and encouraging economic growth through tailored trade benefits and red tape reduction.” The key to daily news in the airfreight industry www.impactpub.com.au/aircargo On LinE, On TARGET, On US.