New Challenges Anticipated With High-Value and Time Sensitive
Air cargo shippers and forwarders say the industry still has a
long way to go in screening shipments, even after meeting a
government mandate to screen 100 percent of all cargo on U.S.
passenger aircraft by August 1, according to a report in The
Journal of Commerce.
In the article, industry shipping executives say they fear the
growing demand during the fall shipping season will press the
limits of screening capabilities in coming months, including the
ability to keep up this brisk screening pace integral to the
time-sensitive nature of most air shipments.
"It's going to get much worse in the next few months," said Tom
Lewandowski, manager of logistic operations for Geodis Global
Solutions. "We may not even recognize a security delay versus a
In this week's Cover Story, The Journal of Commerce analyzes the
elements that made meeting the August 1 screening deadline
achievable and examines the challenges still remaining for supply
On August 1, air shippers and freight forwarders successfully
moved to 100 percent screening of freight on U.S. passenger
aircraft. Despite recent apprehension over potential delays, the
transition went off smoothly and the air cargo industry has already
moved onto the next hurdle.
Many pre-implementation concerns, such as the handling of
high-value or sensitive items, were alleviated with the TSA's very
successful Certified Cargo Screening Program, which has so far
authorized 1,041 companies to screen their own cargo.
Although the TSA estimates 60 percent of inbound international
cargo already is being scanned, an integrated, equivalent
international screening network is the next step in supply chain
security, with a target date of 2013.