AIT's TSA-certification, Cargo Screening Facility Program increases Global Supply Chain Security, Efficiency

In 2010, the U.S. government enacted a law requiring the air transportation industry to screen, at the piece level, 100 percent of cargo moved via passenger aircraft prior to loading. 

As a proven security leader among domestic and international freight forwarding companies, AIT is proud to support the U.S. Transportation Safety Administration’s (TSA’s) Certified Cargo Screening Program via our network’s multiple TSA-certified cargo screening facilities.

Read on to learn more about AIT’s TSA certification and cargo screening capabilities. 

What is the Certified Cargo Screening Program (CCSP)?

The TSA created the Certified Cargo Screening Facilities (CCSF) program to improve the speed and efficiency of the pivotal security aspect of the global supply chain, developed and managed by). CCSF is an extension of the TSA’s Certified Cargo Screening Program (CCSP), which was created to screen all cargo passing through airports. Learn more at TSA.gov.

What is a TSA-certified screening facility (CCSF)?

A TSA-certified cargo screening facility is a third-party, voluntary screening facility. TSA certification requires CCSFs to adhere to a strict set of screening guidelines.

What qualifications must facilities meet for TSA certification?

The TSA requires any certified cargo screening facility, including AIT’s facilities in Chicago, Los Angeles and Detroit, carry out a TSA-approved security program and adhere to strict chain of custody requirements—from screening through placement on aircraft.

CCSP/CCSF must comply with safeguarding measures created by TSA’s Security program, ensure there is no corruption of the cargo throughout the chain of custody, permit onsite validations and periodic inspections, and screen cargo as individual items and not by palletized items.

Any facility that tenders cargo directly to an air carrier or indirect air carrier may apply for the program. This includes:

  • Manufacturers
  • Warehouses
  • Distribution centers
  • Third-party logistics providers
  • Indirect air carriers
  • Airport cargo handlers
  • Independent cargo screening facilities

TSA principal security inspectors manage the application process and approval of certified cargo screening facilities certification, while more than 500 cargo inspectors ensure that airlines and CCSFs meet their standards of screening 100 percent of cargo on passenger flights originating in the United States. For more information, visit TSA.gov.

What technology does AIT utilize at its TSA-certified facilities?

When necessary, an AIT TSA-certified cargo screening facility can provide Explosive Trace Detection (ETD), physical search and use of TSA canines. Learn more about AIT’s cargo security authorizations and capabilities.

In addition to membership in the U.S. Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT), AIT is also a certified member of Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA), a sustaining member of the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) and a TSA-certified Indirect Air Carrier. Learn more about AIT’s cargo security programs and certifications.

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Ready to learn more about our TSA-certified cargo screening facilities or overall security capabilities? Contact an AIT representative now.

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