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August 03, 2010
TSA's 100 Percent Air Cargo Screening in Effect

The Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) mandate to screen 100% of all cargo transported on passenger aircraft went into effect on August 1, 2010. 

This mandate affects all shippers whose air cargo moves on passenger airlines, including shippers who utilize freight forwarders as many freight forwarders rely on both passenger and cargo airlines to move shipments. 

The TSA implemented the Certified Cargo Screener Program (CCSP) to comply with legislation that called for a system that would enable the industry to screen 100% of cargo transported on passenger aircraft at a level of security commensurate with the level of security of passenger checked baggage.  The law applies to all cargo tendered to airlines at a U.S. origin for carriage on passenger flights, domestic or international. 

As mentioned in the bulletin on July 23, the only entities approved to screen cargo for passenger flights are passenger airlines, their handling agents and Certified Cargo Screening Facilities (CCSF).  FedEx Trade Networks operates five CCSFs to screen cargo for its customers.  The FedEx Trade Networks CCSFs are located in the following airport gateways: Atlanta, Ga.; Chicago, Ill.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Miami, Fla.; and Seattle, Wash. 

For more information on the 100% cargo screening mandate and FedEx Trade Networks participation, please visit ftn.fedex.com.