WFS offer certified cargo screening in the US
13 / 09 / 2012
WORLDWIDE Flight services is the first cargo handler to offer independent certified cargo screening facility locations in more than one State in the US after its Pittsburgh International Airport, Pennsylvania, operation was certified by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
This follows TSA certification of the WFS facility in Miami, Florida in January, the first CCSF to be approved in Miami and then only the third in the US.
WFS operates a 47,240 sq f cargo centre in Pittsburgh. Its customers at the airport include Air Canada, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta/Northwest Airlines, Jet Blue, Southwest Airlines, US Airways, United Airlines and USPS.
Karen Avestruz, WFS’s director, cargo security and compliance, said: “While we recognise that there is a limited need for the third-party screening facilities right now, we will continue to certify our cargo facilities in anticipation of the August 2010 TSA mandate to screen 100 per cent of all cargo travelling on passenger aircraft. WFS will be well-positioned to provide screening services to our cargo community partners to fully meet this requirement.”
The certification from the TSA as an independent cargo screening facility means that WFS is now assisting cargo customers in Miami and Pittsburgh – and their surrounding areas – to meet the obligations to screen cargo, eliminating the need for forwarders to invest in screening technology. WFS’s independent cargo screening facilities give forwarders the option to deliver pre-screened cargo to the carrier without having to wait in queue at the cargo facility awaiting screening.