Part 108 of the Civil Aviation Regulations was implemented on 1 July 2009. Part 108 applies to all persons engaged in the acceptance, forwarding, storage and carriage of cargo by air.
As from 01 July 2009, in terms of cargo, air carriers are only allowed to upload "known cargo". "Known cargo" (also referred to as "secure cargo") means a consignment to which the appropriate security controls, prescribed by Part 108, have been applied. In essence an air carrier must receive cargo from a Regulated Agent who has applied the appropriate security controls and hands the cargo over to the air carrier as "known cargo".
Regulated Agents will hold a certificate of approval issued by the South African Civil Aviation Authority and Known Consignors will hold a certificate of accreditation issued by the South African Civil Aviation Authority.
A Regulated Agent is required to appoint a Designated Official who will be responsible for the implementation, application and supervision of the security controls as prescribed under Part 108. Regulated Agents are required to draw up a security manual that sets out the manner in which such a regulated agent will operate. The requirements of the security manual include the signing of a compliance undertaking by the Regulated Agent. The security manual must be approved by the South African Civil Aviation Authority.
The duties of a Regulated Agent will include that of safeguarding cargo against acts of unlawful interference and applying security controls, which will include the screening of 100% of unknown cargo. Personnel involved in the handling of cargo or cargo documentation will be required to undergo prescribed training and must be subjected to background checks.
Part 108 of the Civil Aviation regulations was amended in 2016 coming into effect on 28 November 2016. With the amendment, Known Consignors will now also be required to compile a security manual detailing the process they follow in order to pack and secure their cargo on secure premises and protect the cargo against unlawful interference. Cargo is required to be sealed with tamper-evident seals or tamper-evident packaging, and personnel involved in the handling of cargo or cargo documentation will be required to undergo prescribed training and must be subjected to background checks.
The South African Civil Aviation Authority maintains a list of approved Regulated Agents and accredited Known Consignors. Regulated Agents and Known Consignors are issued with a unique identifiable number per site of operation.
In line with international best practice and as a service to the industry, guidance material is being made available to both Regulated Agents as well as Known Consignors.
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