WASHINGTON, DC: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), part of the Department of Homeland Security, is extending its air cargo advanced screening pilot program (ACAS) through July 26, 2015.
This is the fourth and longest period for the ACAS pilot that first launched in October 2012. CBP says it has also reopened the application program for new participants until September 26, 2014.
The ACAS pilot is a voluntary test for an air cargo-related organisation to submit a subset of required advance data to CBP "at the earliest point practicable" prior to loading and no later than the aircraft departing to the U.S.
CBP says extending the pilot will enable it to "strengthen its capability to target high- risk cargo earlier in the supply chain" and provide greater opportunity for the air cargo community to participate and prepare for possible proposed regulatory changes.
John Wagner, acting assistant commissioner, CBP Office of Field Operations, says the results of the ACAS pilot will help determine the required data elements and optimum submission time frame while mitigating both shipment risk and the impact on international trade.