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Hong Kong’s Civil Aviation Department (CAD) has launched its Regulated Air Cargo Screening Facilities (RACSF) scheme for off-airport locations.

The goal of the initiative is to facilitate the establishment and operation of screening at off-airport sites in order to help the industry meet the ICAO’s policy of implementing security checks for all airfreight shipments by June 30, 2021.

These locations will ease pressure to screen airfreight at Hong Kong International Airport’s busy cargo terminals as volumes there continue to grow in the coming years.

A CAD spokesman said: “Hong Kong is in full support of, and has the obligation to meet, the ICAO aviation security requirements. The Government has been working closely with the air cargo industry in enhancing the air cargo security regime to meet the new international aviation security requirements.

“The establishment of off-airport screening facilities will enable air cargoes to be screened at the existing warehouses or similar premises of the air cargo industry before such cargoes are transported to the airport for loading onto aircraft,” the spokesman added.

The RACSF programme, which was developed after trade consultations, covers criteria such as equipment, training and supervision of screening personnel and site security, as well as post-screening handling and transportation of shipments.

The deadline for submitting applications for the initial stage of the scheme is December 31, 2018.

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