ATA Files Comments on Certified Cargo Screening Program
On Nov. 16, ATA filed comments with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) suggesting modifications to their Certified Cargo Screening Program (CCSP). In the 9/11 Commission Act, TSA was required to screen all air cargo flying on passenger planes by Aug. 3, 2010. TSA promulgated the CCSP, which allows companies to function as off-site air cargo screening facilities in exchange for adhering to mandated building security, personnel security and chain-of-custody requirements. Previously, these rules applied to only TSA’s Indirect Air Carrier Program, under which trucking companies were not allowed to see the exact security requirements demanded by TSA. The CCSP expands the program to allow any interested party, including the trucking company, to have access to the air cargo security requirements. ATA supported this expansion. ATA also suggested improvements to the program, including allowing companies to register multiple sites in the program at a time and recognition that C-TPAT certified companies should receive expedited and less intrusive clearance into the CCSP. A copy of the CCSP Rule is available online.