U-Freight Hong Kong's logistics hub achieves air cargo screening accreditation
THE Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department (CAD) has certified U-Freight Group's logistics hub in the special administrative region as a Regulated Air Cargo Screening Facility (RACSF)
THE Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department (CAD) has certified U-Freight Group's logistics hub in the special administrative region as a Regulated Air Cargo Screening Facility (RACSF).
The CAD launched its RACSF scheme for off-airport locations in October 2018 to facilitate the establishment and operation of cargo screening at off-airport sites, in order to help the industry meet the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) policy of implementing security checks for all air cargo shipments by June 30, 2021.
These locations will ease pressure to screen air freight at Hong Kong international airport's busy cargo terminals.
Over two years ago, the freight forwarder installed an x-ray machine at its Golden Bear Industrial Centre in Hong Kong, giving staff adequate time to gain experience in the scanning process, as well as helping to identify prohibited/suspect products inside the ever-increasing number of e-commerce parcels it handles.
A second enhanced x-ray machine was installed in July 2019, which can scan consignments up to pallet size. The company modified its export operations warehouse to accommodate the existing x-ray machine, as well as the newly purchased one.
UFL chief executive officer Simon Wong said: 'The U-Freight Group fully supports the ICAO aviation security requirements and has worked closely with CAD, Hong Kong Airport Authority, Cargo Terminal Operator and HAFFA in making the necessary preparations to make sure that we enhance our air cargo security regime to meet the new international aviation security requirements.
'The establishment of off-airport screening facilities in Hong Kong will enable air cargoes to be screened at the existing warehouses or similar premises of the air cargo industry before such cargoes are transported to the airport for loading onto aircraft.'
The RACSF programme covers criteria such as equipment, training and supervision of screening personnel and site security, as well as post-screening handling and transportation of shipments.