Neel Shah, head of International Air Cargo Association’s security committee, is raising warnings about the impending 100 percent screening deadline set by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration.
The TSA had originally called for a 100 percent screening requirement for U.S.-bound shipments by the end of 2013, but early this year the agency pushed the deadline to Dec. 31, 2011. Speaking at an association meeting in Bangkok last month, Shah, head of cargo at Delta Air Lines, said the accreditation of foreign screening programs is moving too slowly.
“Unless the TSA and, more broadly speaking, the entire U.S. government focuses the necessary resources on reviewing the process and timeline by which foreign security programs are validated and placed into the TSA’s National Cargo Security Program, we will face some significant disruptions to the global supply chain,” he said. “It’s critical that we get more foreign programs under review and certified into the NCSP in the next few months — especially if the TSA is considering an accelerated deadline for 100 percent inbound screening.