Government, industry convene on federal cargo mandate

By Christine Cusatis, Editor, Centerlines magazine
During the ACI-NA Public Safety & Security Conference April 27 in Orlando, TSA’s air cargo manager said TSA is not backing down on the looming Aug. 1 deadline to screen 100 percent of air cargo.

“There are not going to be any changes,” Doug Brittin said during a panel session on air cargo screening.

Though challenges are inevitable, Brittin said TSA’s Certified Cargo Screening Program will help by enabling freight forwarders and shippers to pre-screen cargo before it reaches carriers.

In addition, Barbara Vatier, managing director of cargo services, Air Transport Association, said the most important thing airports can do is schedule K-9 screenings with carriers before they build up palettes.

“K-9s were—and continue to be—the only solution for large cargo without breaking it down,” she said.

Yvette Rose, senior vice president of the Cargo Airline Association, said that while CAA does not support the mandate, they do support TSA.

“There is going to be a spotlight on TSA over the next few months,” she said.

For more information on the mandate and CCSP, visit www.tsa.gov/ccsp.

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