Air Cargo Security (ACS) Program

Effective Dec 31, 2012: Transport Canada has changed how airlines process cargo shipped on flights from airports where passengers are security screened by Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA).

What has changed?
Under the new ACS, all cargo tendered to Pacific Coastal Cargo and originating at, destined for, or transiting through CATSA airports is required to be Secure Cargo, as defined the by the ACS (see below). Air carriers can no longer transport cargo using the previous Security Measures, also recognized as a "Known Shipper" and "Unknown Shipper".

What is a CATSA airport? And what airport does this affect?
A CATSA airport is one in which passengers are security screened before boarding. For cargo shipped with Pacific Coastal Airlines, this effects flights between Vancouver South Terminal and the following communities: Campbell River, Comox, Cranbrook, Victoria, and Williams Lake.

What is “Secure Cargo”?
Per the new ACS, all cargo transported on passenger flights departing a CATSA designated airport must come from a Registered Shipper, or be security screened in accordance with the ACS, to be deemed Secure Cargo.

How do I become a Registered Shipper?

For Business
You will need a Business Number (issued by Canada Revenue Agency), a Canadian business address, and a referral that can confirm an existing business relationship with respect to shipping air cargo (i.e. freight forwarder or air carrier). If you have an existing relationship with Pacific Coastal Cargo, please e-mail for
a referral from us.

Please visit Transport Canada's ACS website at: to submit an online application, or contact the ACS Support Centre for more information:

Transport Canada Air Cargo Security Support Centre
• 1-866-375-7342

Not a Business? Or prefer not to Register?
Any shipments that are not tendered by a Registered Shipper or Approved Participant (typically freight forwarders) will require screening/physical search prior to acceptance for flight.

More information
For more information on the ACS and its changes, please see the following information sheet provided by Transport Canada or call 1-866-375-7342 or email