Last week we reported that the government has imposed restrictions on air cargo originating from, or transiting through, Syria, Egypt, Bangladesh, Yemen and Somalia. Now they have issued a Fact Sheet in clarification.
The Fact Sheet advises as follows:
How is the Government imposing the international air cargo prohibitions?
The prohibitions have been implemented through a legislative instrument made by the Hon Warren Truss MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development under Section 65B(2)(b) of the Aviation Transport Security Act 2004.
When did the prohibitions come into force?
The instruments came into force on Saturday 19 December 2015, and will remain in-force until the instruments are revoked.
Are the prohibitions consistent across all five countries?
Airlines are prevented from carrying any air cargo that has originated from, or transited through Syria, Yemen or Somalia. Air cargo that has originated from, or transited through, Egypt or Bangladesh will be prohibited, exceptfor items that are currently exempt from screening under Australian Regulations, such as diplomatic bags and smaller items of international mail.
Has a specific security threat been identified for flights to or from Australia?
The prohibitions are a preventive security measure, based on the Government’s understanding of the threat and risk environment in these countries. There is no information to suggest that there is any specific threat for flights to or from Australia. The prohibitions apply equally to air cargo carried on passenger and freighter aircraft.
Review of the prohibition.
The Australian Government, through the Office of Transport Security (OTS), will continue to monitor aviation security developments, in cooperation with our international partners. OTS will provide advice to the Government on adjustments to Australia’s air cargo security arrangements as necessary.
Need more information? All enquiries related to the restrictions should be directed to the Office of Transport Security at: firstname.lastname@example.org