Regulated Air Cargo Agent (RACA)
From 1 March 2019, all outbound international cargo from Australia must be examined at piece-level by a Regulated Air Cargo Agent (RACA) or originate from a Known Consignor.
Kuehne + Nagel is a Regulated Air Cargo Agent and offers an efficient, safe, and secure way for your air cargo shipments ensuring optimised cargo flow and providing maximum flexibility and visibility.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the new regulations?
The Australian Government announced on 8 May 2018, that to further strengthen Australia’s domestic and international aviation security, a range of measures would be introduced in 2019. As a consequence from 1 March 2019, all international air freight exported out of Australia will be required to be security screened at piece level by a Regulated Air Cargo Agent (RACA) or have originated from a Known Consignor. This is to ensure that every piece of cargo being loaded onto an aircraft will comply with the safety measures to keep all users of the aviation industry safe.
How will this affect the industry?
With every piece of air cargo needing to be screened, delays are likely to occur. 100% piece screening for air cargo going to the USA has been in place since 1 July 2017. This accounted for around 5% of cargo, leaving the remainder to be unscreened. It is now being extended to all export cargo as of 1 March 2019. Naturally, due to these increased screening requirements, it is anticipated that delays will be experienced.
How is screening for cargo organised?
All cargo requiring screening needs to be conducted by an accredited RACA under an Enhanced Air Cargo Examination Notice. To support our customers, Kuehne + Nagel Australia has proactively taken the decision to become an accredited RACA in order to minimise potential delays and to support increased security measures. This will ensure our customers’ cargo is screened in a timely manner to help maximise efficiencies and minimise delays of getting cargo to its next destination.
How does the screening occur?
Leveraging our global Kuehne + Nagel network, we are able to apply best practices within our business to ensure we have the most efficient methods in place for our screening processes. Adopting this best practice, we aim to guide our customers smoothly transition through the new regulations coming into effect.
Kuehne + Nagel Australia has heavily invested in special equipment and infrastructure upgrades to support customers who will benefit from partnering with us.
What is the turnaround time to get cargo screened?
While it is not a new service being offered by Kuehne + Nagel globally, this is a new service offered in Australia so the turnaround time is still to be determined. Utilising our own equipment and global best practices, we will be able to do this efficiently to help minimise any delays in getting cargo screened and lodged following the new regulations.
Can anyone use the RACA screening services Kuehne + Nagel will provide?
Kuehne + Nagel’s existing customers will receive priority treatment for the RACA screening services now offered. Excitingly, this new service will also be extended into the market for anyone exporting cargo via air freight. Kuehne + Nagel is proud to have the opportunity to work with the Australian Government, the Aviation industry and our global counterparts to be part of this necessary service to protect the aviation industry. We are pleased to be able to offer this new service in Australia.
How much will it cost for customers to use the RACA services?
The cost will depend on what customers require and the nature and composition of the freight that has to be screened. We encourage all customers to contact their Kuehne + Nagel Representative to speak about their current and future business requirements. If you are new to Kuehne + Nagel, please email KNAU_RACA(at)kuehne-nagel.com to enquire about your specific needs today.