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Page 6 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC JUNE-JULY 2018 ACAS now in place, covering all cargo destined for the USA or any points beyond THE US Customs and Border Protection and the Transportation Security Administration Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) pro- gram is now in effect, requiring the submission of advanced air cargo information on shipments arriving in the United States from a foreign location. Previously a voluntary process in which many glob- al airlines already participated, the program’s require- ments are now man- datory for airlines flying to the United States. This is a neces- sary measure as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues to raise the baseline on aviation security world wide. As part of the ACAS program, par- ticipating carriers submit a subset of required pre-arrival air cargo data to CBP at the earliest point practicable and prior to loading the cargo onto any aircraft destined to or transiting through the United States. ACAS leverages DHS threat infor- mation and other data to employ a risk-based approach to improve air cargo security through targeted vetting. At the National Targeting Center, CBP and TSA jointly target any car- go identified as ‘high-risk’ before it is loaded. “The ACAS program is a vital component for CBP to prevent illicit contraband from entering, while expediting lawful commerce,” said CBP commissioner Kevin McAleenan. “It was built on part- nership with the express and air cargo industry and represents the government and private sector working together to solve chal- lenging problems. “The formalisation of ACAS will enhance and support the security of the small parcel and air cargo industry for years to come.” “TSA and CBP continue our strong partnership in securing the home- land, and the screening of inbound air cargo is improved with these new regulations,” said TSA administrator David Pekoske. “Our joint pro- cedures with the industry will allow for effective and efficient screening of the high volume of cargo transported daily to the United States.” CBP and TSA work together to employ a layered security approach to secure inbound air cargo, including using various risk assessment methods to identify high-risk cargo and to mitigate any risks posed. When this high-risk cargo is identified, enhanced car- go screening is performed pursu- ant to TSA-approved or accepted security programs. While there is no current specif- ic terrorist threat to cargo bound to the United States, terrorists continue to target the aviation sector. CBP and TSA continue to work closely with partners in law enforcement and the shipping industry to ensure the USA’s ports and cargo facilities are secure. NZ sex doll importer prosecuted EVERYONE knows that import- ing anything to do with child sex is a definite no-no and likely to result in heavy action by Customs, police and the courts. Usually this centres on electronic or print pornogra- phy, but New Zealand recently notched up a ‘first’ when a South Island man was prose- cuted for importing a child sex doll. Adult sex dolls are for the most part regarded as accept- able and indeed are widely on sale in NZ adult stores. But when NZ Customs of- ficers checking inbound traffic at the Auckland Airport air cargo inspection facility dis- covered a life-like child sex doll sent from China and consigned to a recipient in Timaru, it was seized as being obscene or indecent under the Customs & Excise Act 1986. NZ Customs had intercepted a few such items before but had only issued warnings while confiscating the consignment. This time they decided to pros- ecute as part of an internation- al crackdown on these dolls. The service took the oppor- tunity to issue a public warning against ordering these items, noting the heightened surveil- lance, the chance of getting caught and likely prosecution. Airlines, Customs agents and freight forwarders should also take heed.