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CCSP Overview – 9/11 Act Screening Requirement

In 2007, Congress passed  the  Implementing Recommendations of the  9/11 Commission Act more commonly known as the  9/11 Act.  This  law requires that all cargo transported on a passenger aircraft be screened for  explosives as of August 1, 2010.

TSA continues to encourage businesses to closely examine how  they ship  cargo on passenger aircraft.  TSA recognizes cargo may only  be a small portion of your  operation, but all businesses must consider how  the  new requirement has affected their operational continuity, punctuality, and customer satisfaction.

Every shipment of cargo carried on passenger aircraft requires screening at piece level,  prior to being transported on any passenger aircraft. Skids  and pallets will have to be taken apart, screened and reconfigured. The 9/11 Act specifically identifies the  types of screening allowed ranging from physical inspection to various technologies. If airlines are forced to screen  cargo, similar to how  passenger baggage is screened, there is a potential for delays  and damage to shipments. The screening process affects all cargo on passenger planes.

TSA developed the  Certified Cargo  Screening Program (CCSP) as a solution to help  industry reach  the  100  percent screening mandate. The program enables freight forwarders and shippers to pre-screen cargo prior to arrival at the airport. Most  CCSP shipper participants have been able  to quickly incorporate physical screening into their shipping process at a small cost  to their operation.

TSA continues working with companies to examine all their cargo screening options. Shippers should contact their freight forwarders to determine if any of their products are transported on passenger aircraft. Many  freight forwarders have already joined CCSP and  in many  cases will be able  to help  companies through the  screening process.

TSA can assist  you  in assessing the  possible impact for your  supply chain, both inbound from suppliers as well  as outbound customer shipments. However, there are also certain products that are better suited to being screened by the  shippers themselves. TSA is here  to help and companies should consider contacting us for  more details on CCSP.
We look forward to helping your  company navigate this important screening mandate.

CCSP and Your Business


Under  CCSP TSA certifies cargo screening facilities located throughout the  United States to screen  cargo prior to providing it to airlines for shipment on passenger flights. Participation in the program is voluntary and designed to enable vetted, validated and certified supply chain facilities to comply with the  100  percent screening requirement.

CCSP is a practical, supply chain  solution, which provides security while ensuring the  flow of commerce. Cargo  is screened at the most efficient and effective point. It is done  before individual pieces of cargo are consolidated for  shipment.

Certified Cargo  Screening Facilities (CCSF) must carry out a TSA approved security program and adhere to strict chain  of custody requirements. Cargo  must be secured from the  time it is screened until it is placed on passenger aircraft for  shipment.


Screening 100 percent of cargo on passenger aircraft is designed to ensure the safety of the traveling public. TSA designed CCSP to provide businesses with the option to screen cargo in a cost effective manner and at various points of the supply chain.

CCSP allows businesses to:

  • Screen cargo where it is packaged
  • Maintain in-house packaging integrity
  • Avoid screening log jams at the airport
  • Build bulk configurations to minimize cost


  • Is supported by the air freight and air carrier industries
  • Leverages best practices from global supply chain programs
  • Allows businesses to choose the best and most effective model for their needs

   Click here to view Letters of Support from the Air Cargo Industry.

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What are the CCSP Requirements?

Certified Cargo  Screening Facilities must meet  the rigorous security requirements for their physical location, personnel, and screening.


CCSP participants must have processes in place  to screen  prospective employees and contractors to TSA standards. Routine reviews of employees with access to cargo after screening must be conducted. Security threat assessments must be conducted on all employees as described in CCSP regulatory documents. Specialized training is also required for all person who  will conduct screening, handle cargo, or have access to designated screening areas.


CCSP participants must have procedures in place  to prevent unauthorized access to cargo facilities where  cargo is screened, prepared, or stored. Physical  barriers must be in place  at cargo handling and storage facilities as well  as designated screening areas.

Chain of Custody

Supply  chain  participants are required to maintain chain of custody standards for  screened cargo. The standards must include all of the following:

  • Documentation: Information must be documented and included with the  shipment
  • Methods- must be employed to ensure the cargo is secure and maintained throughout the  shipping process
  • Authentication- documentation and methods must be authenticated upon receipt by each party and at each point in the  supply chain

Key Considerations

Each business should carefully examine the options and determine which method of screening program is right for their entity.

Some factors to consider:

  • Are your shipments carried on passenger aircraft?
  • Will your  shipments be comprised if opened for  screening? What will screening cost?
  • Are you products sensitive to shipping delays?
  • Are you participating in other supply chain programs? (C-TPAT, cGMP, TAPA or other) Does the  amount of shipping justify in-house screening?

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Who is Eligible to Participate?

Any facility that tenders cargo directly to an air carrier or indirect air carrier (IAC) may apply for  the Certified Cargo  Screening Program.

This  includes:

  • Manufacturers
  • Warehouses
  • Distribution Centers
  • Third Party Logistics Providers
  • Indirect Air Carriers
  • Airport Cargo  Handlers
  • Independent Cargo  Screening Facilities

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Certified Cargo Screening Locations

The air cargo shipping community has requested a public list  of CCSP program participants from TSA as a means  to locate, verify and,  validate
CCSF entities and locations. TSA believes such  a list  is beneficial to the shipping public and publishes this list  on a weekly basis.

We see this  as advantageous for  organizations to publicly confirm CCSP status. TSA is aware  that some  entities may not  wish  to have their information published and we are sensitive to the thoughts and concerns of our CCSP participants. We have given all CCSP participants the opportunity to withhold their respective information from the  public list.

Independent Cargo Screening Facility Screening Locations

Shippers that do not want to become a Certified Cargo Screener but wish to avoid potential delays or damage to their shipments due to the screening process can use a freight forwarder’s Indirect Air Carrier (IAC) services, or use an Independent Cargo Screening Facility (ICSF). An ICSF is an independent cargo screening facility that is authorized by TSA only to screen cargo that will be transported by a passenger air carrier. Most ICSFs are not freight forwarders.

  • Click here to view the Directory of Certified Cargo Screening Program Independent Cargo Screening Facilities (ICSF). (pdf, 113kb)

Freight Forwarders (IAC’s) Screening Locations

An IAC means any person or entity within the United States not in possession of a Federal Aviation Administration air carrier operating certificate, that undertakes to engage indirectly in air transportation of property and uses for all or any part of such transportation the services of a passenger air carrier. Specific locations of many IACs have been approved by TSA to screen as well as transport CCSP air cargo only the specific locations on this list are certified by TSA to screen.

  • Click here to view the Directory of Certified Cargo Screening Program Freight Forwarder Facilities (IACs) (pdf, 400kb)

Freight Forwarders Authorized to Transport - But Not Screen

For certified shippers or ICSFs who wish to ensure proper handling and secure chain of custody for shipments they have screened, TSA has published a list of IACs who are approved to handle screened cargo. These companies may handle screened cargo at all of their locations in the United States (whereas screening locations for both CCSF-IAC and ICSF are location specific.

  • Click here to view the Directory of Freight Forwarding Companies (IACs) authorized to maintain chain of custody of screened cargo. (pdf, 230kb)

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Approved Screening Technology

Click here for the Non-Sensitive Security Information (SSI) Version of the TSA Air Cargo Screening Technology List (ACSTL). (pdf, 240kb)

Click here for the current Trace Consumables List

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What’s Next?

Thanks for visiting the  latest news  in CCSP. If you have additional questions, or if you are interested in becoming a CCSP participant?

Email a request to the following:

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Latest revision: 26 March 2015