CCSP Overview

As of August 1, 2010, unscreened cargo is no longer allowed on passenger aircraft flights originating in the U.S. The CCSP is the TSA’s flexible, voluntary program specifically designed to help shippers with unique requirements – from pharmaceuticals to sea food to fine art - find the supply chain security approach that best meets their needs: screening their own shipments, outsourcing the task or relying on the air carrier to do it at added cost.

The CSA and its business partners can take your company through the process of evaluating, applying for and implementing the CCSP. CSA will help get you up and running fast with our three-phased Certified Cargo Screening Facility (CCSF) “Plan/Build/Run Program".

Link to TSA's Certified Cargo Screening Program Website

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What is the Certified Cargo Screening Program (CCSP)?



As part of the 9/11 Act Congress passed a law in 2007 requiring that ALL cargo transported in the holds of passenger airplanes originating in the US must be screened at a level commensurate with passenger luggage.  The deadline for meeting this mandate is August 3rd, 2010, and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is charged with enforcing it.  

Recognizing that the problem of screening a wide variety of dievrse cargos and packages is much more complicated than screening passenger baggage, and the potential bottleneck in the global supply chain that will be created if all cargo has to be screened at the airport, the TSA has evised the Certified Cargo Screening Program (CCSP) as a solution.  Under the CCSP shippers, freight forwarders, logistics services providers, IAC's, independent cargo screening firms and air carriers can screen cargo and pass it along the supply chain via a secure chain of custody to the airport, where it can go directly onto the aircraft without undergoing additional screening. 

This approach effectively creates a distributed screening network, allowing screening to be performed at the most cost-effective point in the supply chain, mitigating the impact on system performance and thereby expediting the flow of commerce.

The CCSP is a flexible, voluntary program specifically designed to allow shippers with unique requirements to find the approach that best meets their needs

Should my company participate in the CCSP?

In determining if your company should participate directly in the CCSP, some key factors need to be considered.  Among these are:

If your company currently participates in cargo security programs like C-TPAT and TAPA FSR or ISO 9000 quality programs, the move to in-house screening and CCSP participation may be relatively quick and painless.  CSA can help you make these decisions. 

How can CSA help? CCSF Plan/Build/Run

The Cargo Security Alliance can take your company through the process of evaluating, applying for and implementing the CCSP.  From initial application to setting up your Certified Cargo Screening Facilities (CCSF) and optimizing operational efficiency, CSA has the tools and expertise necessary to make this a one-stop shopping process.  We will help get you up and running as quickly as possible with our three phase CCSF Plan/Build/Run Program:



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CCSP Self Assessment Tool

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Are my shipments carried on Passenger Aircraft (PAX)?
Will my shipments be compromised if opened?
Do my volumes justify in-house screening?
Will fluctuating shipping costs effect how I ship?
Are my products sensitive to shipping delays?
Am I currently participating in supply chain programs? (C-TPAT,cGMP,TAPA etc)

Screen your own shipments
Pay someone to screen for you
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Although the results of this questionnaire are helpful, they should by no means be used as the only method of determining your involvement in the CCSP. If you have any questions regarding participation and its possible benefits for your company, please contact the Cargo Security Alliance.


CCSF Capacity Planning



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 CCSF Capacity Planner

The CCSF Capacity Planner is a tool available to registered users to begin to do some basic facility modeling, in order to facilitate the process of deciding whether to participate in the CCSP.  No claim is made about the accuracy of the model, but every effort HAS been made to make it as accurate as possible, based on our extensive supply chain experience.  If you are interested in having a more in-depth analysis of your particular facility and operation, CSA would be glad to provide that service.


When opening the planner, you will notice that it is divided vertically between left and right sides.  The left side is where you can modify the characterisics of the modeled facility and operation, and the right side will interactively display performance information based on your input.

There are five(5) tabs under which you can modify input data:

  1. Arrivals
  2. Cargo
  3. Stations
  4. Operations
  5. Delays

Under each of these tabs are many operating characteristics that you can adjust.  As you make your adjustments, you will notice the graphs on the right change.






 To change a particular item, click on it, and an adjustment machanism will become visible.












As you approach or exceed the feasibiilty of your input characteristics, you will notice one or more items on the graph to the right approaching the 'infeasible' line, indicating that you must add more resources if your facility is to operate properly.









There are also on-screen hints available as you are using the tool.  Please feel free to send feedback to




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