TSA CARGO SCREENING
CCSP Overview 9/11 Act Screening Requirement
In 2007, Congress passed the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act more commonly known as the 9/11 Act. This law requires thatall cargo transported on a passenger aircraft be screened for explosives as of August 1, 2010.
TSA continues to encourage businesses to closely examine how they ship cargo on passenger aircraft. TSA recognizes cargo may only be a small portion of your operation, but all businesses must consider how the new requirement has affected their operational continuity, punctuality, and customer satisfaction.
Every shipment of cargo carried on passenger aircraft requires screening at piece level, prior to being transported on any passenger aircraft. Skids and pallets will have to be taken apart, screened and reconfigured. The 9/11 Act specifically identifies the types of screening allowed ranging from physical inspection to various technologies. If airlines are forced to screen cargo, similar to how passenger baggage is screened, there is a potential for delays and damage to shipments. The screening process affects all cargo on passenger planes.
TSA developed the Certified Cargo Screening Program (CCSP) as a solution to help industry reach the 100 percent screening mandate. The program enables freight forwarders and shippers to pre-screen cargo prior to arrival at the airport. Most CCSP shipper participants have been able to quickly incorporate physical screening into their shipping process at a small cost to their operation.
TSA continues working with companies to examine all their cargo screening options. Shippers should contact their freight forwarders to determine if any of their products are transported on passenger aircraft. Many freight forwarders have already joined CCSP and in many cases will be able to help companies through the screening process.
TSA can assist you in assessing the possible impact for your supply chain, both inbound from suppliers as well as outbound customer shipments. However, there are also certain products that are better suited to being screened by the shippers themselves. TSA is here to help and companies should consider contacting us for more details on CCSP.
We look forward to helping your company navigate this important screening mandate.