Following on from the July 1st, 2018 implementation of mandatory screening of all export air cargo departing from Australia for the USA, the Australian Government has recently announced that, effective March 1st, 2019, all cargo departing Australia will need to be screened at a piece count level prior to departure. This will mean that unless a shipper is a regulated Known Consignor all cargo will need to be x-ray screened at the airport, or at an off-airport approved facility, prior to export. Airlines and ground handling service companies have indicated they are currently unable to handle the projected volume of cargo that will need to be screened, and unless this changes there will be delays for much of the air cargo departing the country.