(Jim Bronskill – Canadian Press)
Acknowledging “security gaps” that could leave airliners vulnerable to a terrorist attack, the federal government is moving ahead with a new system that would allow shippers to screen cargo before it gets to the airport.
Transport Canada says the system would bring air cargo screening up to the standards of key trading partners and result in a net benefit to Canadians of $202 million over 10 years. It would also represent a seismic shift in the way cargo is processed, entrusting known shippers with security screening that is now largely done by air carriers.
In Canada, about half of all cargo that moves by air is carried on passenger flights – totalling more than 400 million kilograms annually. Read more here.