HKIA is one of the busiest hubs in the world; it processes around 5 million tonnes of cargo each year.
To cope with increasing airfreight volumes at the hub, Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department (CAD) has introduced a Regulated Air Cargo Screening Facilities (RACSF) Scheme, which permits off-airport screening of 'unknown cargo' from unregulated senders such as the general public, manufacturers, dealers and distributors.
To perform the off-airport screening duties, screeners must be trained and certified by a Certification Body under the RACSF Security Programme, reports London's Air Cargo News.
Chris Wong, managing director of greater China and Japan at G4S (Hong Kong - Holding), commented: 'G4S is proud to be one of only two CAD-approved certification bodies that can train and certify our screeners, with the potential to extend this service to our clients' staff to become air cargo screeners to RACSF standard.'
Francis Ng, consultant of aviation and logistics at G4S Secure Solutions Hong Kong, added 'The new requirements significantly increase the amount of cargo that must be screened, up to a volume that will certainly exceed the screening capacity at the airport cargo terminals. With such a huge volume of air cargo, the handling efficiency from the point of cargo acceptance until they are loaded onto flights is critically important.'