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