As of 1 March 2019, the Australian Government will introduce legislation that 100%-piece level screening will become mandatory for ALL air cargo exported from Australia regardless of destination. We have now received the charges applicable and suggested lead time increases. The below is a guide on what you need to know:

  • Max cargo size for primary piece screening: 122 x 122 x 153 cm / Weight – N/A
  • Maximum lead time up to 3 business days from collection to uplift/ departure from origin port.
  • Note that heavily dense, non-homogenous and cargo outside the parameters of the x-ray machine attract additional charges.
  • Fees involved with the new processes will be as be quoted at the time of initial request booking / quotation.
  • The following goods do not fall under standard screening – Personal effects, e-commerce and concert equipment and are quoted on request.
  • For urgent shipments express / priority screening and lodgement is available.
  • Repacking services are available where requested.
  • There are no current exemptions except for select pharma that cannot be x-rayed and livestock.
  • Itemised packing lists are requested for each and every item contained within a specific consignment.

If you haven’t already done so, please talk to your air cargo supply chain about;

If and how the change will impact your current export arrangements. For example:

  • Possible increases in costs.
  • Possible changes to delivery times and / or transit delays.
  • Your options to minimize the impact of the change.

Think about things like:

  • Packaging of your products.
  • Groupage of products within your consignment.
  • Density of cargo.
  • Handling of consolidated cargo.
  • Scheduling of your deliveries.
  • How your cargo is transported.

Considerations for your business becoming a Known Consignor:

Click here for information on the Known Consignor Scheme available on the Home Affairs website.

Click here if you have questions and would like to email the Department of Home Affairs. They can also be reached by calling 1300 791 581.

As previously mentioned, shipments you are sending by air will need to be screened at piece level unless you become a “Known Consignor” under the known consignor scheme which is administered by The Department of Home Affairs.

VISA Global Logistics will be employing the services of a third party to perform the required screening at all Australian airports.

The following charges for screening services will be applied to all export air freight effective 1st March 2019:

Primary Screening: AUD 65.00 Minimum or AUD 0.25 Per Chargeable Kilo:

  • Applicable to all homogenous cargo that can be easily identified via X-Ray.
  • Please allow 3 business days from collection to uplift.

Secondary Screening: AUD 70.00 Minimum or AUD 0.25 Per Chargeable Kilo:

  • Applicable to all non-homogeneous, overly dense cargo that cannot be easily identified via X-Ray.
  • Please allow 3 business days from collection to uplift.

Priority Screening: Charges available upon application.

  • All possible steps will be taken to ensure screening is completed within 1 business day. Subject to equipment availability at time of export.

Pallet Break Down & Rebuild: AUD 50.00 Per Pallet

Should you have any questions concerning the above, please feel free to contact your local VISA representative.

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