Unknowing Shippers

Unknowing Shippers

Copyright 2003, Traffic World, Inc.

With the recent cargo security disaster of Charles McKinley shipping himself through the air cargo network, you have to ask yourself is the known-shipper initiative really working? And why is it such a secret?

As a freight management software developer, we intended early on to include the known-shipper requirements into our software. But initial attempts to obtain information from the Transportation Security Administration led us to believe that maybe the known-shipper initiative is a secret that no one is supposed to know about.

All contact with the TSA on this initiative has gone unanswered. Phone calls and e-mails have fallen on deaf ears. The TSA website contains almost no information about the known-shipper requirements.

So if the TSA wants the known-shipper initiative to have a positive impact on cargo security, why are they making it so difficult to obtain information about it?

Ken Reiter, President

Infotek Consulting