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ICAO phase out consignor not subject to appropriate authority approval by 2021 – CAD RAR is planning to change in 2018

ICAO requires phasing out by June 2021 of account and other consignors not subject to appropriate authority approval. CAD is planning to implement the change in the coming year, 2018.

Currently there are 4 existing entity under RAR:
Aircraft Operators
Regulated Agents (RA)
Known Consignors (KC)
Account Consignors (AC)

KCs / ACs ‘recognised’ by their partnering RAs/aircraft operators, i.e. not under CAD’s direct approval.
Cargo tendered by KCs/ACs through RAs/aircraft operators not required to undergo security screening.

In the new directional change issued by ICAO, there will be 100% security screening for air cargo to get on a plane.
1) Approved by Authority as a “validated” known consignor (KC)
2) Unknown consignor subject to 100% security screening
3) Approved by Authority that the entity (company) applies sufficient 100% security control that the cargo can be considered securely screened.

The ICAO’s new policy direction seeks to enhance the international standards on air cargo security. It will however necessitate adjustments to the existing Regulated Agent Regime (RAR) in Hong Kong. We will be constantly updating this page as soon as new information is published. Please feel free to bookmark this page and check regularly.



2016 September ICAO Secretary General issued a State Letter announcing that consignors not subject to approval by the aviation security authority (ASA) be phased out by 30 June 2021
2017 January CAD issued a notice about New Policy Direction
2017 March – April Security Bureau conducted a survey regarding the new policy direction
2017 July and ongoing Collaborated with industry practitioners in compiling concerns and suggestions
2017 September Alliance attended ICAO Global Aviation Security Symposium
2017 December Alliance conducted focus groups to collect concerns.
2018 January Alliance supported “Cargo Forum Day 2018”, which covered this topic. For more information, click here.
2018 February Alliance launched a pilot program of Certified Air Cargo Screening Facility.
2018 September CAD conducted Information Sessions on Air Cargo Security and the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air.
2018 October CAD opens registration for Regulated Air Cargo Screening Facility (RACSF)

Reference document

CAD notice **

CAD Presentation on Directional Change **

CAD RACSF briefing in September

** The above information from CAD is not ready for disseminating to the general public, the information may be provided upon request at onsite meeting.

Secretary General of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) speech transcript at TIACA’s 28th International Air Cargo Forum and Exhibition

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