Airlines and logistics groups are racing to snatch sniffer dogs to meet new regulations for screening goods on cargo flights as part of tougher rules to curb terrorism.
There is a demand for K9 or police dogs with concerns of driver delays as operators continue to fight to find animals and X-ray screening equipment for the July deadline.
It is the latest threat to China’s supply, already the coronavirus crisis and the increased demand for international shipping due to online shopping, which is why it is steroid.
Aircraft cargo has also expanded as demand for goods increases sharply at a time when many passenger aircraft, usually carrying only half of the shipment,
The regulations, which meant that all goods on international cargo planes must be shown, were brought by the International Civil Aviation Organization.
The deadline is causing particular problems in the United States where groups were far from complying with ICAO rules and there was uncertainty over who was responsible for screening the cargo.
It expands existing requirements to test cargo in the abdomen of a passenger plane in response to a 2010 printer cartridge bombing that targeted two cargo planes bound for the United States from Yemen.
Eric Harry, chief executive of Global K9 Protection Group, said “this is going to double the size of Kainine firms,” which he expects to increase his dog management team from 125 to 225 by the end of July.
According to rival cargo screening K9 Alliance, it received twice as many quotes for airport carrier, ground handler and logistics group dogs in the first five months of the year as in 2020.
Industry figures show that it is risky to diversify supply to demand power now.
“The question is will there be enough cannabis and trained teams ready for the deadline?” Said Brandon Fried, chief executive of the Adforwarders Association, a trade firm.
Although dog suppliers insist that there are enough pools of suitable animals, the sudden rise in interest means they can prove difficult to prepare in time.
It takes about six to eight weeks and $ 100,000 to train and deploy a dog with its handler. “There’s enough cannabinoids to work on, but there’s not enough time to do it,” Hare said.
Express carriers like UPS said they were well prepared before the July deadline, but smaller air cargo carriers and ground handling agents are more likely to fight than some of their larger competitors.
The lack of timed dogs or X-ray machines can cause significant delays, as cargo stacked on pallets has to be set aside for human screening.
Exporters and importers face price increases to reduce the cost of screening.
Glenn Hughes, chief executive of The International Air Cargo Association, said sniffer dogs were unmatched in their ability to detect dangerous cargo. “Canine detection systems are so accurate,” he said.
Although the deadline for delivering automated screening systems on time is very strict, operators have set strict safety rules to increase the demand for safety scanner manufacturers for long-term solutions.
Richard Thompson, director of aviation at Smith’s Detection, whose X-ray machine is used for airport security, estimates that his £ 50m air cargo business will double due to regulations in an industry with growing demand.