This is a reminder that the Transportation Security Administration will officially commence their full screening of air cargo shipments in two days, on Thursday, July 1, 2021. As previously mentioned, this applies to ALL cargo moving by air, to include passenger and cargo flights, as well as chartered flights.
For those looking for an opportunity to bypass this new process, applying to become a registered Secured Packing Facility (SPF) still remains a viable option; manufacturers, suppliers, warehouses, e-commerce fulfillment centers and third-party logistics providers are all eligible to apply for this title. Note the following from the TSA regarding SPF qualifications:
All persons interested in becoming an SPF must meet minimal qualifications before TSA will issue the SPF Order. As a prerequisite to becoming an SPF, all interested persons must first be recognized by TSA as an IAC. Existing IACs may apply to become an SPF. Once approved as an IAC, persons can request to operate as an SPF.
Applicants must submit a completed SPF-application, which requires a written plan of how the SPF will implement the requirements in the SPF Order and satisfy certain performance-based standards. If TSA determines an applicant meets TSA's requirements, we will issue the SPF Order to the applicant. Once the Order is accepted, the SPF is required to comply with all requirements in the Order and subject to investigation and enforcement for non-compliance.
Please be advised that it is still unlikely that SPFs will be operational prior to the July 1st deadline.
Given the short time frame and recognized deficiencies in the full screening program as a whole, TSA has repeatedly stressed their commitment to expand dialogue as well as address the trade community whenever necessary to work through any issues that may arise.
In order to better prepare our customers as this screening process goes into effect, John S. Connor, Inc., will continue reaching out with additional information as it becomes available. In the meantime, we encourage you to reach out to our compliance team for any additional questions you may have regarding the situation.