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Air Cargo screening

Air Cargo Screening ProtocolsOverview

While almost a decade has passed since 9/11, many countries are still developing their air cargo security regimes – and those in existence are subject to frequent refinement. TIACA will remain vigilant to these developments and will seek to provide key information to its members. Where possible, TIACA will work with governments and TIACA members to ensure that security regimes take into account the distinct realities and threat vectors of each segment of the air cargo sector, and promote legitimate security objectives without unduly impeding the flow of commerce.

Given the international focus of TIACA’s membership, we believe that consistent, harmonized security approaches are critical, and will work with governments and international institutions such as ICAO to promote harmonization.

 

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Principles for Air Cargo Security Regimes

1. Governments should consult with private stakeholders in developing air cargo security protocols. More...

Reports/Papers

This section features incisive analysis of current issues that are critical to the air cargo industry.   

Reports

Papers

02/04/2011
Learn the latest developments on TSA’s Certified Cargo Screening Program and get the updates to the August 1, 2010 deadline for 100% screening of air cargo on passenger planes.
01/07/2011
Learn the latest developments on TSA’s Certified Cargo Screening Program and get the updates to the August 1, 2010 deadline for 100% screening of air cargo on passenger planes.
12/03/2010
Learn the latest developments on TSA’s Certified Cargo Screening Program and get the updates to the August 1, 2010 deadline for 100% screening of air cargo on passenger planes.
12/03/2010
Learn the latest developments on TSA’s Certified Cargo Screening Program and get the updates to the August 1, 2010 deadline for 100% screening of air cargo on passenger planes.
10/15/2010
Learn the latest developments on TSA’s Certified Cargo Screening Program and get the updates to the August 1, 2010 deadline for 100% screening of air cargo on passenger planes.
10/12/2010
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a safety alert to aircraft operators regarding the transport of bulk shipments of lithium batteries.
10/12/2010
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General audited the Transportation Security Administration’s screening methodologies for air cargo. While details of the audit are classified, the OIG indicates it issued five recommendations to TSA.
10/12/2010
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a safety alert to aircraft operators regarding the transport of bulk shipments of lithium batteries.
10/12/2010
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General audited the Transportation Security Administration’s screening methodologies for air cargo. While details of the audit are classified, the OIG indicates it issued five recommendations to TSA.
10/05/2010
Learn the latest developments on TSA’s Certified Cargo Screening Program and get the updates to the August 1, 2010 deadline for 100% screening of air cargo on passenger planes.
09/17/2010
Learn the latest developments on TSA’s Certified Cargo Screening Program and get the updates to the August 1, 2010 deadline for 100% screening of air cargo on passenger planes.
09/03/2010
Learn the latest developments on TSA’s Certified Cargo Screening Program and get the updates to the August 1, 2010 deadline for 100% screening of air cargo on passenger planes.
08/24/2010
Learn the latest developments on TSA’s Certified Cargo Screening Program and get the updates to the August 1, 2010 deadline for 100% screening of air cargo on passenger planes.
08/09/2010
Learn the latest developments on TSA’s Certified Cargo Screening Program and the countdown to the August 1, 2010 deadline for 100% screening of air cargo on passenger planes.
07/27/2010
Learn the latest developments on TSA’s Certified Cargo Screening Program and the countdown to the August 1, 2010 deadline for 100% screening of air cargo on passenger planes.
07/27/2010
In this July 2010 report, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security assesses progress in implementing the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. The report notes considerable progress on air cargo screening, and reiterates that 100% screening should be achieved as of August 1, 2010 for cargo on U.S.-origin flights. According to the report, “air cargo on passenger aircraft has never been more secure.”
07/27/2010
In this July 2010 report, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security assesses progress in implementing the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. The report notes considerable progress on air cargo screening, and reiterates that 100% screening should be achieved as of August 1, 2010 for cargo on U.S.-origin flights. According to the report, “air cargo on passenger aircraft has never been more secure.”
06/25/2009
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a study concluding that safety issues for small air cargo carriers need to be better identified and addressed. Among other things, GAO calls for improved data collection on carrier operations, targeted safety programs and flight risk assessments.
06/22/2009
Legislation moving through Congress could hold some significant benefits for TIACA members, particularly in easing the deadline for 100% screening of air cargo on passenger flights departing from foreign airports.
11/17/2008
Over the next six years, airports in the United States will be equipped with radiation detection equipment intended to scan virtually all air cargo, courtesy of an initiative by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

11/05/2010
Learn the latest developments on TSA’s Certified Cargo Screening Program and get the updates to the August 1, 2010 deadline for 100% screening of air cargo on passenger planes.
06/01/2009
Even though the August 2010 deadline for 100% screening of air cargo transported on passenger aircraft is little more than a year away, applications to join the Certified Cargo Screening Program (CCSP) are slowing. This has raised concerns about whether the 100% mandate can be reached without significant commercial disruption.
12/01/2008
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the agency within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security tasked with implementing these provisions, initially interpreted them to apply solely to flights originating at U.S. airports.

News

12/13/2011
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FAQs

Q. What are some of the different technologies used to screen air cargo?

A. The different technologies utilized to screen air cargo include: x-ray, metal detectors, physical searches, explosive detection systems (EDS), canine, and explosive trace detection (ETD).

Q. What is the difference between piece-level screening and consolidated screening of air cargo?

A. Piece-level screening applies to each piece of cargo in a pallet, which is screened individually, as opposed to screening the pallet itself.

Q. How is screening of air cargo performed in the US?

A. TSA currently requires screening of air cargo at the piece level. Screening may be done by participants in the Certified Cargo Screening Program (CCSP) or by the airlines. Specific screening methods, as identified in the so-called 9/11 Act are x-ray, metal detectors, physical searches, explosive detections systems (EDS), canine, explosive trace detection (ETD), and any additional methods that may be approved by the TSA.

Q. Do other countries maintain the same air cargo screening requirements as the United States?

A. Each country has established its own air cargo security regime, and members of the air cargo supply chain must ensure they are in compliance. TIACA supports harmonization fo security regimes in order to clarify and standardize global operations and compliance efforts.

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Useful Links

The Homeland Security Europe website includes information on aviation security, specifically air cargo security and the different methods and technologies utilized for screening.
Transport Canada's website on air cargo security screening technology projects.
The TSA's air cargo programs and initiatives website includes information on specific programs.