Could a humble packing shed in rural
Australia be the chink in the armour for terrorists wanting to blow up a plane?
While it has not happened before, that is the scenario
that changes to air freight security, rolled out on 1 March 2019, are designed to stop.
The Department of Home Affairs has heightened the
security screening requirements for all export air cargo, including
food products like rock lobster and stone fruit, to ensure no potentially
dangerous items make their way into flights leaving Australia.
All air freight will need to be screened piece
by piece unless the sender is registered as a 'known consignor'.
In a letter to exporters, the department said the changes
could cause delays and increase costs.
The vast majority of air freight will be scanned at a
piece-level at either Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne or Perth airports.
Director of the Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA), Paul
Zalai, said he expected bottlenecks at the four airports.
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ABC Rural (1 March 2019)