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. 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.


The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was created in the wake of 9/11 to strengthen the security of the nation’s transportation systems while ensuring the freedom of movement for people and commerce. Within a year, TSA assumed responsibility for security at the nation’s airports and deployed a Federal workforce to meet Congressional deadlines for screening all commercial airline passengers and baggage. In March 2003, TSA transferred from the Department of Transportation to the Department of Homeland Security.

TSA employs a risk-based strategy to secure U.S. transportation systems, working closely with stakeholders in aviation, rail, transit, highway, and pipeline sectors, as well as the partners in the law enforcement and intelligence community. The agency will continuously set the standard for excellence in transportation security through its people, processes, technologies and use of intelligence to drive operations.

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