WASHINGTON — The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced on Tuesday in a Federal Register notice that qualified explosives detection canine teams and canine team providers now have the opportunity to become a registered Certified Cargo Screening Facility-Canine (CCSF-K9) under TSA’s Certified Cargo Screening Program-Canine (CCSP-K9). The program fulfills a requirement in the TSA Modernization Act of 2018 to develop standards for the use of third-party canines for air cargo screening, and allows TSA to expand its network of certified screening canines to enhance aviation security.
The CCSP-K9 program established a regulatory framework that allows third-party canines to screen cargo to TSA standards. It is an evolution of the CCSP program, and provides another method for third parties to screen cargo to agency standards in an efficient and cost effective manner consistent with international standards.
Through this notice, interested canine team providers can request additional information at 3PK9aircargosecurity@tsa.dhs.gov to learn about the requirements for participation in the program. Once approved by TSA, the CCSF-K9 must comply with statutory and regulatory requirements for the screening of air cargo intended for transport on aircraft.