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Air Cargo Screening Pilot Goes Live at JAS USA

By
Sommer Sampson
April 9, 2018

As of Monday March 20, 2018, JAS Forwarding (USA) is now assisting CBP and TSA on its initiative to provide enhanced security for air cargo coming into the United States.

​The Air Cargo Advanced Screening (ACAS) initiative was created by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to gather data concerning the parties and commodities involved in air cargo prior to its loading on an aircraft at a foreign port. The initiative is currently in the pilot phase, allowing CBP to collaborate with the air cargo industry to determine the most effective means of achieving the desired regulatory results without affecting the speed of air cargo operations. CBP extended the ACAS pilot program last year in hopes of getting more participation. Government officials have stated that mandatory compliance with ACAS may be expedited due to a recent scare concerning an IED found on a plane headed for the United States. This prompted an emergency order requiring stricter scrutiny of air cargo by TSA Administrator David Pekoske. Growing terrorist concern has already prompted six airlines to comply with this requirement on all cargo originating from certain countries.

"Technology innovation remains a cornerstone of our mission to ensure worldwide transparency and an efficient supply chain for our customers by delivering their cargo on time and securely," said Laurie Arnold, Regulatory Compliance Officer at JAS Forwarding (USA). "As an early adopter and one of the few Forwarders participating in the ACAS pilot program, we are sharing information with CBP further back in the supply chain to help identify high-risk air shipments into the U.S. while accelerating the movement of low-risk shipments."

​JAS Forwarding (USA) has partnered with Descartes Global Logistics Network to collect house bill information directly from its Cargo Wise enterprise system to file directly to CBP without any manual intervention, thereby; increasing data quality and velocity.

​“The majority of ACAS pilot participants consists of airlines and express carriers, but has lacked forwarder participation. Representing the forwarding community, we have the chance to help write the rules before we are subjected to their requirements," says Sommer Sampson, Corporate IAC Security Coordinator at JAS Forwarding (USA). "We're excited to be an active part in the ACAS pilot and committed to enhancing readiness for the regulation when it is issued." Ms. Sampson is the lead 24hr contact with CBP NTS (National TargetingCenter), along with team member Fabienne Jolly Corporate Compliance Coordinator, CCS. Sampson states, “Getting on board with this initiative was no easy task and we could not have done it without the assistance of our IT Special Projects division...... It was truly a team effort.”

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