Air cargo through Hong Kong to face delays

Once the TSA’s air cargo advance screening pilot programme starts

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Hong Kong could lose its ‘world’s busiest air cargo hub’ status in the next few days when the United States will start the air cargo advance screening pilot programme. Under the scheme, airlines and freight forwarders will have to not only give details about the shipper, consignee and cargo to the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) but also provide proof of 100 per cent X-ray screening.  

According to a news reports, the restrictions would cause delays to shipments. Hong Kong handled more than 1,100 tonnes of US export cargo per day early last month, but it has X-ray screening capacity of about 500 tonnes of freight per day.