OTTAWA, Ont.–Transport Canada has announced new participant categories to its Air Cargo Security Program. March 31 is the deadline to apply. New and existing participants in the program and other supply chain members are encouraged to apply under the new participant categories:
Known Consignor: Originates air cargo that has been made secure through a screening process applied at the time of packing.
If your company is currently a Registered Shipper, you should apply to become a Known Consignor, said Transport Canada.
Regulated Agent: Screens cargo on behalf of others to make it secure and subsequently stores and/or transports the secure cargo. If your company is currently an Approved Participant, you should apply to become a Regulated Agent.
Certified Agent: Stores, transports and/or accepts cargo that an Air Cargo Security Program participant has screened and made secure. If your company transports, stores or accepts air cargo (i.e.: ground transportation company, warehousing facility, etc.), you should apply to become a Certified Agent.
Account Consignor: Originates cargo and has it screened by an authorized participant in the Air Cargo Security Program to make it secure.
Authorized Account Administrator: Directs the movement of secure cargo without coming into contact with it (i.e.: provides logistics services without screening, storing, transporting or tendering secure cargo).
While the program officially starts October 17, the application process can take up to 6 months. Applications received after March 31 will continue to be processed but may not be finalized before the program changes go into effect, said Transport Canada.
A Transport Canada webinar on March 21 offers more information about the participant categories and what to expect during the application process.