Following the attacks on 9/11/2001, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued emergency security requirements for shipments via air. Since then, the TSA has been working on
regulations that are more comprehensive. The new rules went into effect March 12 for all air shipments that originate in the U.S.
"If you ship by air, you need to know your part in the security process," says Mike Jackson, Atlas International Transportation Services Manager. "Security is now much stricter."
Mike explains that the van operator must record the I.D. of the agent's representative when taking possession of freight and present an I.D. when delivering freight to the airline. The I.D. must be
government-issued with a photo, such as a driver's license or passport.
If a loaded carton weighs 150 lbs. or more, it must be banded with a heavy-duty metal band or break-resistant plastic banding. "A good rule of thumb is that any freight shipped in an "E" box
(42" x 29" x 26") or larger requires banding," says Mike.
Airlines now scrutinize documents much more closely, so it's more important than ever that inventories are clear and legible. "Without 'clean' documentation, airlines may reject freight or hold it
until the documentation is corrected," says Mike.
Because the requirements to become a "known shipper" — one who can ship goods by passenger plane — are now more stringent, Mike says a lot of freight that used to travel on passenger
planes will get pushed to freighters. This is already putting shippers in a squeeze. "We are seeing some cargo delays due to a lack of space on air freighters," says Mike. "It is possible these
delays could increase with the growing demand for freighter service."
Contact Mike Jackson by e-mail: *email protected*.