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Third Party K9 – Cargo

Here’s What You Need to Know

On August 3, 2007, the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act of 2007 legislation was signed into law mandating that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security establish policies and a system to enable industry to screen 100% of cargo placed on passenger aircraft. The deadline for meeting this mandate was August 3, 2010, and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was charged with overseeing the program and enforcing the policies.

Early on, TSA determined that implementing the mandate could result in significant carrier delays, cargo backlogs, and increased transit times. To minimize the impact, TSA established the voluntary Certified Cargo Screening Program (CCSP) that allows TSA-approved cargo screening, carried out by industry personnel, to take place at off-airport manufacturing sites, warehouses, distribution centers, and freight transfer facilities. This off-airport screening is coupled with strict chain-of-custody measures designed to maintain the integrity of screened cargo at trusted, vetted, and audited certified cargo screening facilities (CCSF).

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