100% Cargo Screening on US Air Cargo
04 Aug 2010
Effective August 1, 2010 the US Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) have implemented 100% screening of all cargo being transported on passenger aircraft to, from, or within the United States of America.
Previously cargo screening has been phased in from 50% to 75% until the present level of 100%. We have been planning for this implementation for many years, along with the TSA, the airlines and our authorized representatives. This process has been gradual and planned but we still anticipate some challenges to the supply chain as we work to limit disruptions. We see this as very similar to passenger screening, when you never know the length of the lines at the terminals and the time required to get through.
The new regulations apply to cargo transported on passenger flights, but it could also cause delays at airlines that operate both passenger and cargo only flights.
This screening comes at a cost, no matter who does it. We feel that it is best for us (PCI) to monitor any delays, along with the charges, before we make an official determination on screening fees. In the meantime we will be charging our customers for any screening fees at airline cost.