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Securing the WorldOverview

In the post-9/11 world, security will be a dominant reality for the air cargo sector. Because of the many different entities in the air cargo supply chain, it is impossible to design a one-size-fits-all approach to air cargo security. Operating realities are different for passenger airlines, all-cargo airlines, express operators, air freight forwarders (or indirect air carriers), ground transportation providers, and shippers. Different airports have distinct footprints, and tend to handle different types of cargo. Security policies need to take these distinctions into account if they are to offer workable approaches, and must be customized to the specific segment of aviation to which they apply. And, given the reality that many air cargo shipments travel internationally, it is critical that all parties seek to develop global, harmonized approaches.

TIACA will actively support measures that are proven to improve airport and air cargo security. Wherever possible, TIACA will seek to ensure that new initiatives are effective, workable and affordable, and will keep its members informed of key developments that affect their operations. As the U.S. Congress and Department of Homeland Security continue to roll out regulations affecting many aspects of air cargo shipping, TIACA will focus initially on U.S. initiatives and, as feasible, will engage in other national and regional efforts. Given the chaos that can result from a proliferation of national regimes, harmonization will be a key TIACA objective.

TIACA is committed to ensuring the safety and security of air cargo while maintaining the viability of the air cargo supply chain.

 The Information in this section is located in three subheadings:


Air Cargo Screening

Screening TechnologiesScreening Technologies

Secure Freight



To assist policymakers in effectively addressing security issues, in the United States and other countries. Given its membership across the air cargo supply chain and its international focus, TIACA is uniquely positioned to address issues such as international harmonization, security protocols for international cargo, and best practices.


  1. Represent TIACA members interest on security issues with the U.S. Transportation Security Administration and its counterpart agencies in other countries.
  2. Educate, inform, and communicate with TIACA members’ on security issues.


TIACA is committed to initiatives and polices that promote the highest standards of operational security and safety in the worldwide air cargo industry. Security and safety are inherent in the very nature of air transport and have, for many years, been subject to the most stringent international regulation by ICAO and other inter-governmental authorities. More...


TSA's Certified Cargo Screening Program (CCSP)

Under the Implementing the Recommendations of the 9/11Commission Act of 2007, all cargo shipped on passenger airplanes must be screened as of August 2010. The Act also established an interim mandate of 50% screening, which has been effective since February 2009, and which has been implemented with little disruption to the air cargo supply chain. However, the realities of a comprehensive screening requirement are far more demanding, and the potential for supply chain disruption is real and of great concern to TIACA.  More...

Screening of Foreign Inbound Air Cargo Position Statement

Under the Implementing the Recommendations of the 9/11Commission Act of 2007, all cargo shipped on passenger airplanes must be screened as of August 2010. While there was initially some confusion as to whether this requirement applied to flights originating from foreign airports and destined for the United States, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) clarified in the Fall of 2008 that the 9/11 Act’s mandate applies to these flights.  More...

Related Links

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) - Air Cargo and Mail Security Facilitation

Internatioanl Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) - Air Cargo Safety