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TSA denies annual air cargo security program approval for Aramex International Courier and revokes approval for Inter-Shipping Chartering Corporation companies cited for repeated security violations

National Press Release
Wednesday, May 10, 2006

WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced that Aramex International Courier (Aramex), with facilities in New York and the Washington area, has been denied its request for renewal of TSA approval to operate as an Indirect Air Carrier (IAC) because of repeated security violations.

TSA also announced that Inter-Shipping Chartering Corporation, an IAC based in Miami, does not meet security standards and has had its approval revoked. Both companies were notified today that they will no longer be permitted to tender cargo for transport on passenger aircraft.

“TSA is committed to ensuring the integrity of the air cargo industry,” said Robert D. Jamison, Deputy Assistant Secretary for TSA. “We cannot emphasize strongly enough that freight forwarders who do not meet TSA security standards will face serious consequences.”

Commercial air carriers operating out of New York, the Washington area, Miami and throughout the United States have been notified not to accept cargo from Aramex or Inter-Shipping Chartering Corporation. Any air carrier that accepts cargo from a non-TSA approved company can face a civil penalty of up to $25,000 per violation.

Both companies must resolve any outstanding issues in order for TSA to consider re-approval.

TSA took similar action to revoke the approval of J.H World, an IAC based in Los Angeles in March 2006.