Effective June 30, 2021, cargo transported on cargo-only aircrafts must be screened before loading. This comes as Transportation Security Administration (TSA) updates the U.S. cargo screening requirements to align with international aviation security standards laid out by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Impact on Shippers

This new requirement for 100% screening for cargo transported on freighters will significantly increase the volume of freight required to be screened.

Here are a few suggestions that may help shippers with the new regulations.

  • Cargo will be screened at “piece” level. A shipment tendered on a pallet where there are multiple pieces underneath the shrink-wrap or banding may be broken down. Note, four-way banding is required for single pieces weighing 150lbs or more.
  • Since these pieces may be broken down, we advise applying a shipping label to each piece within a shipment to ensure shipment integrity through the screening process.
  • TSA screening procedures require the identification of cargo as screened. Products shipped in self-ready packaging may have markings added to indicate the cargo is screened. Utilizing an outer or over-pack will help ensure inner packaging remains shelf-ready.
  • A shipper can become a Certified Cargo Screening Facility (CCSF). The packaging process itself can be considered a screening process, contingent on TSA-prescribed requirements, without the need to use additional screening equipment.

If you have questions on how this new requirement will impact your shipments, please reach out to your Mohawk Global representative.