The International Air Cargo Association asked the U.S. Transportation Security Administration to certify that its 100-percent cargo-screening level on passenger aircraft has been achieved and to immediately remove the ongoing requirement to report cargo-screening data.
The requirement is included in the standard security programs covering the air cargo supply chain.
In a letter to TSA administrator John Pistole, TIACA chairman Oliver Evans commended TSA on attaining its 100-percent mandatory screening target, but he pointed out that although this was achieved more than nine months ago, the requirement to report monthly air cargo screening statistics remains in place.
Evans further noted that this is of great concern because “the requirement places a significant labor and data collection burden” on the air cargo industry, as companies must expend both human and IT resources.
He asked Pistole to lift the reporting requirement. Eliminating this burden for all shippers, carriers and air forwarders can be accomplished through a relatively quick and straightforward process, Evans added, and would allow industry and government “to better focus our limited resources on measures that materially benefit security.”