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Air Cargo

Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement

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TSA’s transportation security regime for air cargo is divided into two distinctive program areas: 1) The Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement Air Cargo Division charged with the strategic development of programs, and 2) Office of Security Operations (OSO) charged with program compliance.

The Air Cargo Division is responsible for working across TSA, Department of Homeland Security, and other governmental agencies (domestic and international) to develop air cargo regulations, technological solutions, and policies that continuously enhance the security of the air cargo supply chain while maintaining TSA’s commitment to ensure the flow of commerce.

Our vision for air cargo security is the creation of a layered solution designed to protect against security breaches by using a combination of process along with information and technology-based solutions, while preserving the integrity of the air cargo supply chain. In response to possible threats to air cargo security, TSA uses a multi-layered approach that includes:

  • Vetting companies that ship and transport cargo on passenger planes to ensure they meet TSA security standards.
  • Establishing a system to enable Certified Cargo Screening Facilities (CCSFs) to physically screen cargo using approved screening methods and technologies.
  • Employing random and risk based assessment to identify high-risk cargo that requires increased scrutiny
  • Inspecting industry compliance with security regulations through the deployment of TSA inspectors.

Latest revision: 09 January 2013