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Airlines and law enforcement agencies are rushing to catch smelly dogs in order to enforce new cargo inspection regulations as part of strict anti-terrorism laws.
The demand for K9 dogs or police dogs, which can smell explosives, is fraught with concerns about delayed shipping as users struggle to find animals and X-ray equipment in late July.
It is a recent threat to the supply of chains, which have already been disrupted due to the coronavirus crisis and the proliferation of online shopping that has highlighted the need for international shipping.
The cargo has also been extended due to the temporary increase in cargo shortages at a time when most airlines, which usually have half of the cargo on hold, are left behind.
These regulations, which mean that all international travel goods must be inspected, have been introduced by the International Civil Aviation Organization.
The deadline is causing some problems in the US as teams were too far away to comply with ICAO regulations and there was uncertainty as to who was in charge of the goods.
It amplifies the existing requirements to verify cargo in the aircraft in response to the 2010 cartridge printing bomb that operates two flights to the US from Yemen.
“It will double the canine industry,” said Eric Hare, chief executive of the Global K9 Protection Group, which hopes to increase its dog production capacity by about 225 dogs from 125 by the end of July.
The anti-Cargo Screening Company K9 Alliance has said it has received double the demand for dogs from aircraft carriers, ground crews and crews in the first five months of the year compared to 2020.
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“The question is will there be enough canines and well-trained teams to arrive at the last day?” So said Brandon Fried, executive director of the Airforwarders Association, a sales agency.
While dog dealers insist that there are too many pets, a sudden increase in interest means that getting ready on time can be difficult.
It takes about six to eight weeks and $ 100,000 to train and use a dog for rape. “There are enough canines to do the job, but there is not enough time to complete it,” Hare said.
Carriers such as UPS are said to be well-prepared ahead of the deadline in July, but air carriers and paramedics are more difficult than other senior counterparts.
Lack of dogs or X-ray machines by the end of time can lead to significant delays, as luggage should be kept separate for the public to see.
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Glyn Hughes, executive director of The International Air Cargo Association, said smelly dogs were unmatched in their ability to detect danger. “Canine’s cognitive systems are very accurate,” he said.
Although the deadline is too tight to provide self-monitoring systems in a timely manner, strict security rules have been put in place to limit the number of those who want to scan security while users need permanent solutions.
Richard Thompson, an aviation officer at Smiths Detection, whose X-ray equipment is used to protect the aircraft, says he is growing two numbers for his £ 50m aviation business because of what happens in high-demand companies.