Trade Alert

Impractical To Screen (ITS) Program to be terminated by TSA on October 31, 2023

By In USA Trade Alerts On 19th September 2023

On June 30, 2021, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) mandated 100% screening of air cargo originating in the United States and destined for non-U.S. locations that are transported on all-cargo aircraft.  

The TSA approved amendments for cargo deemed Impractical to Screen (ITS) to assist the industry in complying with this regulatory requirement. The amendments are set to expire on October 31, 2023, and will not be extended. 

Impractical to Screen cargo cannot be screened by any available conventional screening method due to its commodity and packaging. Some examples are drums, sealed cans, and gallons containing liquid, powders, or metal shavings.   

Beginning on November 1, 2023, air cargo shipments previously transported under the ITS amendment will be required to be accepted in accordance with the Certified Cargo Screening Program (CCSP) or must be screened by the air carrier.  

The CCSP enables Certified Cargo Screening Facilities (CCSF) to screen cargo prior to acceptance by an Indirect Air Carrier (IAC) or Aircraft Operator.

NNR USA’s Certified Cargo Screening Program enables our Certified Cargo Screening Facilities to screen cargo more quickly through the supply chain and ship air cargo without potentially invasive screening and additional fees later in the supply chain.  Our CCSF facilities:

  1. Adhere to stringent TSA program security requirements.
  2. Screen cargo at the piece level.
  3. Initiate and maintain the integrity of freight throughout the chain of custody.
  4. Permit onsite TSA validations and periodic inspections.  

Cargo sent to NNR USA non-CCSF facilities may be sent to outside Authorized Representative’s Screening facilities to get the same benefits.

For additional information or to apply to become a CCSF, interested parties can contact the TSA email address or visit the TSA website Cargo Programs | Transportation Security Administration ( 

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