National Airlines chooses Descartes to streamline mail operation

Regional U.S.-based cargo carrier National Airlines said it has chosen the “vMail” platform, by Canadian logistics IT firm Descartes Systems Group, to track its mail transportation activities worldwide. Ryan Dereska, National’s business development manager for government and defense, said that vMail can provide customers “real-time access to shipment and delivery status, the ability to view […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 30, 2018

CHAMP’s Emanuel Hille on operational headaches ACAS may bring

After years of discussion and delays, the Air Cargo Advanced Screening (ACAS) program was finally launched in June, requiring carriers entering the United States to provide all information about the cargo – including the air waybill number, shipper and consignee names and addresses, a description of the cargo, quantity and weight – to U.S. Customs […]
  • Randy Woods
  • September 5, 2018

Security team trains 500th dog for explosives detection

Will air cargo loads routinely be screened by bomb-sniffing dogs? New York City-based security firm MSA Security is counting on it, as it announced this week that it has trained it 500th dog in the science of explosives detection at its Windsor facility in Connecticut. Under what’s known as the Windsor Program, the human handler […]
  • Randy Woods
  • July 31, 2018

MNX Global Logistics signs with Descartes to comply with ACAS rules

The new Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) final rules requiring the sharing of cargo data before it is loaded onto an aircraft bound for the United States have been implemented this month, but the program is not being fully enforced by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) until next year. However, 3PL MNX Global Logistics […]
  • Randy Woods
  • June 28, 2018

U.S. imposes long-awaited advance screening rules for inbound air cargo

After nearly eight years of starts, stops and delays, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has finally implemented its much-debated Air Cargo Advanced Screening (ACAS) program, requiring all carriers of commercial cargo to report electronic airfreight data to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) before the cargo is loaded onto aircraft bound for the […]
  • Randy Woods
  • June 13, 2018

CNS 2018: The ‘Year of the Customer’: A Q&A with CNS President Mike White

Back in February, CNS announced that Michael R. White had been appointed as the organization’s new president. Since joining in 2008, White has held several roles at CNS, most recently as vice president of government and industry relations, where he led CNS operations for advocacy, industry events, the CNS Cargo Agency Settlement System (CASS) and […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 7, 2018

Spoiler alert: Coming air cargo attractions for 2016

Aside from a few decent actors and directors, the most deserving recipients of film industry awards should be the people making those alluring movie trailers. These brilliant-but-brief glimpses of movies coming to theaters near us use the funniest and most exciting parts of films to bait audiences for what is sure to be the next Academy Award […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • February 2, 2016

Learning to love co-creation

When you first hear it, “co-creation” sounds like another one of those mysterious Washington, D.C., words that don’t make sense to people outside the Beltway. But based on my experience representing the Airforwarders Association on the development of the Air Cargo Advanced Screening (ACAS) initiative, it appears the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency […]
  • Staff Reports
  • August 27, 2014

U.S. extends Air Cargo Advance Screening pilot again

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced Monday that it has extended the Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) pilot program for an additional year. It has also reopened the application period for new participants for 60 days. ACAS is a voluntary pilot that enables participants to send and receive advance security filing data for airfreight […]
  • July 28, 2014

Forwarders speak up about U.S. air cargo advanced screening

A coalition of associations representing airfreight forwarding companies is calling on the U.S. federal government to solicit input from small- and medium-sized forwarders before expanding the Air Cargo Advanced Screening (ACAS) program. The program, which analyzes advance data on inbound air shipments to the U.S. to assess risk, is in pilot phase, but U.S. Customs […]
  • June 5, 2014

Growing parcel volumes face down regulations

Mail parcel volumes, growing because of e-commerce, are creating further challenges for pending advance data filing regulations, secretary general of The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) said. The new regulations would require individual shipment information to be submitted to destination regulatory agencies in advance of transportation, rather than the present Customs’ requirement for information prior […]
  • April 10, 2014

Balancing trade and security in the sky

The air cargo industry and governments are in a constant balancing act when it comes to security. Parties want the tightest security possible without standing in the way of trade. That’s the goal of the U.S.’s Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) program, and similar programs in the European Union and Canada. Two months after the […]
  • Staff Reports
  • February 26, 2014