All you need to know about screening requirements

Enhanced screening requirements are now in place for Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra, Coolangatta, Darwin, Hobart, Launceston, Maroochydore, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth, Sydney and Townsville, plus additional regional domestic ports.

All freight must either be pre-screened and presented with a Consignment Security Declaration (CSD) or screened at the freight terminal.

All international export freight must either be pre-screened and presented with a Consignment Security Declaration (CSD) or screened at the terminal. Freight requiring onsite screening will need to be presented at piece-level (except for homogeneous freight) and fees will apply.  See the at-a-glance guide for more information. 

Further information on these security measures can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website

Pre-screened freight

Presenting goods as pre-screened ensures your freight is processed efficiently through our terminals and avoids unnecessary delays and costs associated with onsite screening. Regulated Air Cargo Agents (RACA), Accredited Air Cargo Agents (AACA) and Known Consignors (KC) can lodge their freight with a valid Consignment Security Declaration (CSD) which certifies that all necessary screening processes have been applied prior to lodgement. 

Pre-screening is required for the following freight:

  • Shipper-loaded units
  • Any freight presented on a skid
  • All consolidated freight, other than homogeneous shipments

Arranging to have your freight pre-screened

Customers looking to have their freight pre-screened can engage a Regulated Air Cargo Agent (RACA) who will screen and lodge goods on your behalf. 

Screening at the freight terminal

Qantas Freight offers onsite screening facilities for customers who want to have their freight screened at the terminal.

Freight requiring screening at our facilities must be lodged earlier than pre-screened freight to allow for the extra security steps. 

Domestic - freight must be lodged at least 15 minutes earlier than pre-screened freight cut-off times.

International - freight requiring screening at our facilities, cut-off times are as follows:

  • Express freight must be lodged a minimum of 270 mins (4.5 hours) before flight departure
  • General cargo must be lodged a minimum of 360 mins (6 hours) before flight departure

To help our terminal teams process your freight at lodgement efficiently, and to avoid delays or disruptions due to missed flights, there are some important screening specifications to consider when preparing your freight for uplift in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

Freight being screened at Qantas Freight terminals must be:

  • Presented at a piece level unless homogenous, which will  need to be loaded on pallets (where equipment available) ;
  • Less than 220kg per piece, with weight evenly distributed;
  • No larger than 90cm x 90cm on two sides per piece;
  • Clearly labelled, with AWB accurately highlighting the piece count;
  • Also, ensure perishables are packed without any metal components to avoid interfering with screening.

Any freight that is not able to pass through the scanner due to density, weight or size will need to be cleared by a manual internal Explosive Trace Detection (ETD) test. Due to operational and safety requirements the ability to complete an ETD varies across facilities and time of day and must be pre-arranged with the local terminal.

For any freight that fails the screening tests, our terminal teams will contact the customer to arrange for pick up.

Important information

Loose freight not appropriately presented for onsite screening will be rejected at lodgement causing delays to uplift, so please ensure you’re preparing freight with the scanning specifications in mind. 

Please advise at lodgement if freight requiring onsite screening could be affected by x-ray so that an alternative screening method can be arranged.

Screening requirements for live animals

Whilst live animal shipments are generally exempt from screening and exemptions will apply where the animal is clearly visible and easily identified (such as a pet in an approved travel crate), live animals being transported in sealed containers will need to be screened to comply with regulatory requirements.

Pre-screening can be arranged via a RACA who will present the shipment with a CSD. Any shipments of live animals presented in sealed containers without a CSD will need to be screened using the x-ray facilities at the terminal. Alternatively you can explore becoming a Known Consignor to lodge secure cargo yourself. Please refer to the user guide for more information.

Screening requirements for pharmaceutical products

Special handling items such as pharmaceutical products should be presented as pre-screened. Given the nature of the goods being shipped, pharmaceutical companies may qualify for the Known Consignor (KC) program due to their existing strong security framework.

Freight exempt from screening

Due to the nature of some freight, screening may not apply. Freight in this category includes live animals that are clearly visible and not packed in a sealed container, blood or organs and human remains.

Exempt & non-exempt cargo must be lodged on separate AWB’s. This is in line with screening regulation and will also ensure accurate charging by Qantas Freight.

At-a-glance guide