HAFFA urges common stand on confusing ACISP rules

The All Cargo International Security Programme (ACISP), which was unilaterally imposed by the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in March, is causing confusion in the air cargo community and has increased the administrative burden for the forwarders, the Hongkong Association of Freight Forwarding & Logistics (HAFFA) has claimed. According to HAFFA, one of the ACISP […]


The All Cargo International Security Programme (ACISP), which was unilaterally imposed by the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in March, is causing confusion in the air cargo community and has increased the administrative burden for the forwarders, the Hongkong Association of Freight Forwarding & Logistics (HAFFA) has claimed.

According to HAFFA, one of the ACISP rules stipulates that any shipment over 68 kg bound for the US on board a cargo carrier must be packed in metal or break-resistant plastic. As a consequence, most of the airlines in Hong Kong are now requiring cargo agents to sign a separate security declaration form in order to fulfill the TSA requirements.

After discussing the adverse effect induced by the ACISP in Hong Kong, HAFFA discussed the issue at a recent board meeting and subsequently issued a notice to members, in which it highlighted that different airlines using different formats of the declaration form are causing confusion and increase the administrative burden within the cargo community. This in turn, it added, adversely affects the efficiency of local air freight operations.

HAFFA also pointed to the potential liability exposure if members were to sign the security declaration form, which most of the airlines have chosen to fulfill the ACISP requirement.