• Apart from efforts to improve inbound passenger air cargo screening, TSA has recently tightened all air cargo guidelines that revise existing Security Directives and Emergency Amendments.
  • The tightened air cargo guidelines, which became effective May 27, 2011, impact all foreign and domestic air cargo operators originating, transiting, or transferring cargo shipments at non-US locations.
  • Some of the key revisions to the Security Directives and Emergency Amendments include changes to the definition of a “Business Relationship,” air cargo acceptance procedures, requirements for length of relationships, and the tendering statement. In addition, Indirect Air Carriers (IACs) may be subject to additional requirements if the aircraft operator is unfamiliar with participants in its supply chain.
  • Generally speaking, these tightened guidelines are reorienting air cargo procedures away from a one-size-fits-all approach in favor of risk-based screening.