Supply Chain Security

TSA acknowledges impracticality of 100% cargo screening; Ed Markey calls for even more of it

The TSA and the aviation industry acknowledge the unrealistic goal of screening 100 percent of all air cargo that enters, crosses or leaves the country. Some members of Congress, never to miss an oversimplified political solution to a complex problems, call for even more screening than we already (don’t) have.

US Congress Proposes Voluntary Air Cargo Screening

US Congress Proposes Voluntary Air Cargo Screening – Food Logistics The US Senate Subcommittee on Transportation Security has proposed a new Transportation The proposed air cargo advanced screening (ACAS) program encourages cargo carriers to provide shipment level data for air cargo bound for the US, enabling the TSA to target and inspect high-risk cargo at […]

Air Cargo Security Requirements – Impact on the Supply Chain

Air Cargo Security Requirements – Impact on the Supply Chain | American Airlines Cargo Business Insights A hot topic at the Air Cargo Europe Conference in Munich, Germany last month was discussed by industry leaders, representing various aspects of the Supply Chain, in a panel session titled “Security Requirements – Their Impact on the Supply […]

Napolitano Quashes 100 Percent Screening for Maritime Cargo

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that the United States is no longer going to screen every cargo container before it enters the United States

Audits Important for Conflict Mineral Supply Chain

Recently, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) issued due diligence guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-affected and High-Risk Areas. These guidelines are a necessary first step in helping the local populace, developing countries, and multi-national corporations meet international requirements. In a high-risk environment, corporations must have vibrant management systems that strongly communicate and actively demonstrate to employees and outside entities their commitment to a conflict-free supply chain.

A summary of views on screening all international inbound air cargo

The congressional mandate to screen not only domestic U.S. air cargo but now also screen 100 percent of all international inbound cargo continues to confound cargo carriers, freight forwarders and shippers. A recent article in Air Cargo World summed up U.S. and international views of different parties in the aviation supply chain — the consensus, in a nutshell, being confusion. I had the opportunity to offer a few comments

TSA Gets Creative in Meeting 100 Percent Cargo Screening Mandate

The TSA is still engaged in a game of intellectual Twister, bending every which way to meet an impossible congressional mandate that it enforce the screening of 100 percent of all cargo — domestic as well as international. The new suggested deadline shoots for all inbound cargo to be screened by December. God bless the TSA for continuing in its creative efforts to meet the mandate without undermining security, provoking allies and clogging commerce.

Congress adjourns without action on effort to extend air cargo screening measures to all-cargo planes

Congress adjourns without action on two controversial measures. They DIED! – News & Events – The attempt by Yemeni terrorists to blow up aircraft with improvised explosives led Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., on Nov. 16 to file the Air Cargo Security Act. Markey was the author of legislation in 2009 that required that air […]

TSA looks to expedite screening for air cargo on US-bound passenger planes

TSA looks to expedite screening for air cargo on US-bound passenger planes – The Transportation Security Administration is moving ahead, on a faster-than-expected timetable, to close a gap in security screening of international air cargo carried aboard US-bound passenger flights. Air freight forwarders and members of the global shipping industry learned Friday that TSA […]

TSA Says Inbound Cargo Screening 100 Percent by 2012 – Did I Miss Something?

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is informing industry that the requirement to screen 100 percent of cargo on passenger planes inbound to the United States will be met by December 31, 2011. Did I miss something? What has happened over the last six months that makes TSA think inbound cargo will be 100 percent screened by the end of the year? There’s aggressive action and then there’s unrealistic optimism.