• The Known Consignor Scheme is voluntary. There is no legal requirement for any air cargo to be dispatched from the shipper as SPX (Secure) cargo; insecure cargo may still be shipped, although it will be subject to additional security measures before it can be allowed to fly.

    On approval, Known Consignors are permitted (provided they comply with the requirements outlined in the regulations) to ship cargo from source. Such cargo may be transported by air without the need for any further security measures being applied.

    Details of approved cargo trainers (to be used to verify the status of a cargo trainer)

    A guide to applications for Known Consignors is available from the CAA by using the contact details below.


    • HR presence at the site inspection to provide details of the recruitment procedures for all staff including a pre-employment check or a criminal background check.

    You must be able to demonstrate that:

    • all staff (permanent, temporary/agency staff and drivers) with access to air cargo/mail have received the appropriate aviation security training
    • access to the production area is controlled and the production process is supervised

    How much does it cost?

    • £213 payable on application
    • Validator's fee of £400 plus travel at 45p per mile, payable before the assessment to the validator

    How long will it take for my application to be processed?

    Application forms must be received by the Cargo and In-flight Supplies Business Support Unit at least six weeks before a current certificate expires.

    Forms are acknowledged on receipt and processed within four weeks.

    How long is it valid for?

    Twelve calendar months from current expiry or from date of approval for new certificate holders.

    What else do I need to know?

    EU Regulation 2015/1998

    What do I need to include with my application?

    • A completed application form
    • A site address that corresponds to the address required for the Consignment Security Certificate (CSC)

    How do I apply?

    Apply for Known Consignor Status (online application form)

    What happens next?

    • The Known Consignor site will be subject to an inspection carried out by an independent DfT-accredited Validator
    • The Cargo Support Team will allocate a Validator and contact you with the details
    • Following a successful validation of the site, you will be issued with a UAI number for Known Consignor Status
    • As part of the requirements of the Scheme you may be inspected during the period of validation by CAA Aviation Security Compliance Auditors
    • For existing certificate holders, the inspection will take place within four weeks of the expiry date
  • For questions about the application process for becoming a Known Consignor, please contact:

    Cargo and In-flight Supplies Business Support Unit
    Aviation Security Compliance
    Civil Aviation Authority
    CAA House, K7
    45-59 Kingsway
    London WC2B 6TE

    Email: KCSupport@avsec.caa.co.uk
    Telephone: 0207 453 5825