(CIFFA eBulletin — World Trade Interactive)
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has issued a final rule making two changes to a September 2009 interim final rule codifying a statutory requirement to establish a system to screen 100% of cargo transported on passenger aircraft reports World Trade Interactive. The 2009 rule applies only to cargo loaded in the U.S. and does not apply to (a) U.S. aircraft operators or foreign air carriers when they load cargo outside the U.S. and transport it into the U.S. or (b) U.S. or foreign all-cargo operations.
The 2009 rule established the Certified Cargo Screening Program, in which TSA certifies shippers, indirect air carriers and other entities as certified cargo screening facilities to screen cargo prior to transport on passenger aircraft. Each CCSF applicant has had to successfully undergo an assessment of their facility by a TSA-approved validation firm or by TSA. In response to public comment, TSA is now removing all validation firm and validator provisions because it has the capacity to review and certify all CCSF applicants itself. As a result, TSA will henceforth conduct all assessments of facilities applying to become CCSFs.
The 2009 rule also requires aircraft operators and foreign air carriers to become certified as CCSFs to screen air cargo off-airport. TSA is deleting this requirement because these entities are already screening cargo on-airport under a TSA-approved security program and do not need a separate certification to screen cargo off-airport.
In addition, TSA is proposing a fee ranging from $31 to $51 for the processing of security threat assessments for aircraft operators, foreign air carriers and indirect air carrier personnel who have unescorted access to screened cargo to be transported on passenger aircraft to screen cargo, supervise the screening of cargo or perform certain other security functions.