Domestic Screening

All you need to know about domestic screening requirements

The Australian Government is introducing additional security measures for all domestic freight being lodged in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth or Sydney.

From 1 Jul 2020, all domestic air freight originating from the five major ports 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

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

Our FAQ page covers some of the most common topics, but if you have a question that’s specific to your business, please contact your Account Manager.

Pre-screened freight

To keep your freight moving, it's important that you know what your options are when preparing your cargo for lodgement. Regulated Air Cargo Agents (RACA) 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 at least 15 minutes earlier than pre-screened freight to allow for these additional security measures.

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
  • 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

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.

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.

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.

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