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Proposed Regulations Amending the Canadian Aviation Security Regulations, 2012 (Air Cargo)

(Transport Canada)

The following message is to inform you that the Regulations Amending the Canadian Aviation Security Regulations, 2012 and the Designated Provisions Regulations (Air Cargo) have been pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I for a 60-day consultation period ending December 30, 2014.

Screening cargo to detect improvised explosive devices is important to ensure that aircraft, their passengers and their crews are safe from terrorist attacks. Active screening of all air cargo by air carriers at the airports, however, is slow and impractical and can result in bottlenecks, delays, additional costs and uncertainty for shippers, freight forwarders, air carriers, manufacturers and consumers. Shippers need to be given the option of and authority to screening their own goods. In order to do so, there must be a regulatory framework in place to establish, maintain and enforce a security program that international partners will recognize. As the proposed amendments are based on internationally recognized standards and best practices, it is expected that the proposed Amendments will allow Transport Canada to further the promotion and pursuit of international cooperation, collaboration, sharing of best practices, and the negotiation of mutual recognition arrangements between key trading partners in order to achieve the best possible Air Cargo Security Program and supporting regulatory framework.

The proposed Regulations Amending the Canadian Aviation Security Regulations, 2012 and the Designated Provisions Regulations (Air Cargo) outline the rules of a voluntary program for shippers (Known Consignors) and third party service providers, such as truckers, warehouse operators, freight forwarders (Certified Agents) who wish to screen, transport or store secure air cargo intended to be flown on passenger flights. This program is voluntary in the sense that the requirements would apply only to those shippers and third party service providers who choose to participate. Once they decided to participate in the secure supply chain (or in the air cargo security program), the proposed regulations would apply to them.

The Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement and the Regulations Amending the Canadian Aviation Security Regulations, 2012 can be foundĀ here.

It is expected that the Regulations Amending the Canadian Aviation Security Regulations, 2012 will be finalized and published in the Canada Gazette, Part II sometime in 2015, depending on industry response.

For more information about the Regulations Amending the Canadian Aviation Security Regulations, 2012 or to provide comments, please contact the Aviation Security Program Development branch atĀ acsconsultation-consultationsfa@tc.gc.ca.