TSA expands air cargo screening programme

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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has expanded its ‘Certified Cargo Screening Program’ to enable more air cargo shippers to enter the secure supply chain, while boosting speed and security of shipments.

Supply chain stakeholders now have the option of undergoing training to achieve Certified Cargo Screening Facility status.

“The Certified Cargo Screening Program ensures that air cargo moves more quickly and securely through the supply chain,” said TSA executive director for air cargo John Beckius.

“With this expansion, TSA will partner with interested participants in the cargo supply chain to carry out a TSA-approved security program and adhere to rigorous chain-of-custody requirements.

“This will enable certified program participants to package and ship secure air cargo, while reducing the need for additional screening requirements later in the supply chain.”

On June 30, 2021, TSA mandated that all air cargo originating in the US and destined for non-US locations be screened or secured before being loaded onto an aircraft to meet international standards and to address potential threats to aviation. 

TSA is actively encouraging indirect air carriers, manufacturing facilities, assembly facilities, shippers, warehouses and distribution centres to apply for and become a Certified Cargo Screening Facility.

Becoming a Certified Cargo Screening Facility means they will be certified by TSA to assemble, pack, secure and tender cargo for air transport in a secured manner, where no additional screening will be required. 

US air cargo sector concerned over stricter screening rules

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]