Talking Trade: ICAO mandated security requirements coming for air cargo

Erin Scott

Erin Scott

Communications Manager

In early 2020, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) announced new mandatory screenings for all international air cargo would be coming in 2021, with all Member States required to comply with the changes. A little over a year later, the industry is now 2 weeks out from the effective date of July 1, 2021. As per the ICAO, all Member States will have to ensure that 100% of international air cargo transported on commercial aircraft is either (1) screened to a level intended to identify and/or detect the presence of concealed explosive devices or (2) under appropriate security controls throughout the cargo supply chain to prevent the introduction of concealed explosive devices.

In the US, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will be the governing body enforcing this new regulation for all applicable cargo. Previously, only cargo traveling via passenger flight required screening.

TSA is releasing evolving recommendations on the enforcement and implementation of the screening mandate, and as it stands the situation is very fluid. BDP's VP of Government and Industry Affairs, Michael Ford, sat down to share insights and guidance for US shippers who rely on moving goods via international air transport. From what to expect and best practice recommendations to what this regulation entails, we're breaking down everything your business needs to know about the impending screening mandate. 

Tune in below for the complete discussion.