Impractical Cargo Meets Future Forwarding

Impractical Cargo Meets Future Forwarding

Cargo screening plays a crucial role in ensuring the safety and security of air transportation. In the United States, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has implemented regulations mandating 100% screening of air cargo originating in the U.S. and destined for non-U.S. locations. While most cargo can be screened efficiently, certain types of cargo present unique challenges that make them impractical to screen using conventional methods. 

Impractical to Screen (ITS) Cargo and the CCSP

The TSA has recognized that some types of cargo present difficulties undergoing standard screening procedures due to their size, nature, or packaging. To address this, the TSA approved amendments for Impractical to Screen (ITS) cargo to assist the industry in meeting the regulatory requirements. ITS cargo needs to be accepted into the air cargo supply chain in accordance with the Certified Cargo Screening Program (CCSP) or screened by the air carrier.

The CCSP enables Certified Cargo Screening Facilities (CCSF) to screen cargo prior to acceptance by an Indirect Air Carrier (IAC) or Aircraft Operator. CCSFs must adhere to stringent security requirements set by a TSA security program, screen cargo at the piece level, maintain the integrity of cargo through chain of custody measures, and allow onsite validations and periodic TSA inspections.

Eligibility and Benefits of CCSP

Various entities involved in the air cargo supply chain, such as Third-Party Logistics Providers (3PLs), manufacturing facilities, shippers, warehouses, and distribution centers, may apply to become CCSFs if their facility tenders cargo to a freight forwarder or air carrier. Additionally, Indirect Air Carriers (IACs) are also eligible to apply for CCSF certification.

Becoming a certified CCSF brings several benefits for shippers and other entities involved in cargo transportation:

  • Expedited Cargo Movement: Cargo accepted from a CCSF does not require additional screening and can be transported by either a passenger or all-cargo aircraft. This streamlines the supply chain and ensures faster movement of cargo.
  • Cost and Time Savings: Manufacturers can package and ship air cargo without the need for potentially invasive screening and additional fees that may arise later in the supply chain.
  • Enhanced Security: CCSFs must adhere to rigorous security requirements, ensuring that cargo is handled and screened with the utmost care, minimizing the risk of security breaches.

Becoming a Certified Cargo Screener

To become a CCSF, interested parties must submit an application to the TSA at least ninety days prior to the planned beginning of scheduled operations. The application process involves demonstrating compliance with the security criteria and performance-based standards set by the TSA. Upon approval, a designated security coordinator is appointed, and the facility undergoes an onsite security threat assessment.

It is important to note that while CCSFs are not required to purchase screening equipment, they may need to invest in specific equipment if they choose not to perform a physical search of cargo for explosives.

The screening of air cargo is a critical aspect of maintaining the safety and security of the aviation industry. Impractical to Screen (ITS) cargo presents unique challenges that require alternative screening approaches. The Certified Cargo Screening Program (CCSP) provides a solution for entities involved in the air cargo supply chain by enabling them to become Certified Cargo Screening Facilities (CCSF). By adhering to stringent security requirements and screening cargo at the piece level, CCSFs contribute to the efficient and secure movement of cargo. Shippers and other entities can benefit from becoming certified screeners, enjoying expedited cargo movement, cost savings, and enhanced security measures.

As the TSA continues to refine and adapt its cargo screening processes, it is crucial for shippers and industry participants to stay informed and comply with the evolving regulations to ensure the safe and efficient transport of goods by air.

While Future Forwarding is not a CCSF, we do have relationships at major gateways. However, we encourage our clients to consider becoming CCSF to streamline their processes and save time and money.

For additional information, questions, or to apply to become a CCSF, interested parties can reach out to the TSA’s email address or visit the TSA website for more details.

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