In our most recent blog post, we broadly covered the Known Consigner Scheme, which has recently been introduced to help streamline the way goods are cleared for export from Australia by air.
This week, we wanted to delve a little bit deeper and look at the requirements for a business to be recognised as a Known Consigner, as well as what is involved in the application process. It is important to keep in mind that there is no fee involved to become a Known Consigner, so it is a fantastic idea for those businesses who are eligible to apply.
Known Consignors must meet and maintain a high level of security to ensure cargo is safe to load on to an aircraft. They must demonstrate they have security measures and procedures in place and can secure their cargo from where it originates until it is handed to another regulated business. These security measures depend on each individual business’ export operating environment.
Who is eligible to be a Known Consignor?
To be a Known Consignor your business must
- Export cargo from Australia by air.
- Have an Australian Business Number (ABN) or Australian Company Number (ACN).
- Originate the cargo—know what is in each box, package or carton being exported and meet one of the following
What will it require?
A Known Consignor will need to show they are able to have security measures in place, to ensure the cargo cannot be tampered with before it is exported. That is, their cargo is secured all the way through to acceptance at the airport terminal. Security measures required under the scheme will depend on each individual business.
Likely security measures will include
- Physical access control
- Information security
- Secure packing, handling and storage of air cargo
- Secured transport of air cargo
- Security awareness
- Quality control procedures in place to monitor and manage compliance
- Detection and resolution of suspicious activity
- Employee vetting, to ensure a suitable character
- Incident reporting
- Robust response procedures in case access control are breached
To begin operating as a known consignor, a business will have to apply to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development. The application process will involve demonstrating that the applicant can meet the security requirements set out by the Department and have in place the necessary security measures. The Department will then validate any applications before approving said business as a Known Consignor.
If you require more information about the Known Consignor scheme visit homeaffairs.gov.au