Cargojet maintains a Security Program that is aligned with Transport Canada regulations, the regulatory bodies of other countries, such as the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA), as well as IATA in conjunction with their IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) program. Cargojet continues to be compliant with the specific standards and communication protocols required by all countries in which Cargojet operates.
Three Transport Canada meetings took place in 2016 in which cargo related enhancements were discussed. The Air Cargo Security Technical Committee (ACSTC) met on April 07, 2016, the Advisory Group on Aviation Security (AGAS) met on June 23, 2016, and a meeting of the All Cargo Working Group was held online/webinar on October 05, 2016. Discussions pertained to new amendments to Transport Canada’s Air Cargo Security Program (ACSP) and Security Measures Respecting Air Cargo (SMRAC) that were coming into effect October 17, 2016. These new amendments only pertained to cargo being transported on passenger air carriers. The development of the framework and regulations applicable to all cargo air carriers continues with an expectation of coming into force in 2019.
These amendments that came into force on October 17, 2016 did not include regulatory provisions that would allow both secure supply chain entities and passenger air carriers to tender to all-cargo carriers, or all-cargo carriers to tender secure cargo to a passenger air carrier.
Subsequently Transport Canada issued an exemption to the regulations as an interim approach to enable cargo handled by all-cargo carriers to retain its secure status. Cargojet signed an Administrative Agreement with Transport Canada thereby allowing Cargojet to participate in the Air Cargo Security Program and apply applicable elements of the regulations. Development of applicable procedures was completed and implemented at Halifax, St. John’s, Moncton and Winnipeg. An implementation schedule for Cargojet’s remaining Canadian locations is being developed.
The TSA identifies Cargojet as a Non-US All Cargo Air Carrier, and as such Cargojet is regulated under the TSA’s All Cargo International Security Program (ACISP) for its flights operating into and out of the United States. Subsequently, procedures have been developed to meet the requirements of the ACISP. The TSA conducts annual audits at non-U.S. locations that serve as the last point of departure to the United States, as well as locations in the United States to which Cargojet operates, to verify its compliance with the ACISP. In 2016 the non-US locations serving as the last point of departure to the United States were Mirabel and Calgary (on behalf of DHL) and Bermuda. The locations in the United States to which Cargojet operated were Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky (on behalf of DHL) and Newark, New Jersey. The use of security seals on the doors of unattended aircraft to control unauthorized access was implemented in Mirabel and Bermuda as a result of a change to the ACISP.
The development of a revised Security Training Program for all employees was undertaken in line with the requirements of Transport Canada’s Air Cargo Security Industry Training Guideline Best Practices and Air Cargo Security Industry Training Guideline Toolkit.
Cargojet remains vigilant in its Security Program and utilizes its membership in ATAC, Transport Canada’s Air Cargo Security Technical Committee and the National Air Cargo Security Training & Awareness Committee to share best practices and monitor regulatory changes.