100% US cargo screening update

The Association of Hong Kong Air Freight Forwarding Agents (HAFFA) is fortunate that one of our members, David Fielder, was recently appointed as chairman of the FIATA Ad Hoc Working Group on Security and is in a position to be one of the first to hear about any regular updates on security issues. David has […]


The Association of Hong Kong Air Freight Forwarding Agents (HAFFA) is fortunate that one of our members, David Fielder, was recently appointed as chairman of the FIATA Ad Hoc Working Group on Security and is in a position to be one of the first to hear about any regular updates on security issues. David has recently advised us concerning the subject of 50 and 100 per cent screening of cargo under the US Aviation Security Act.

The issue of the 100 per cent screening is still very uncertain and given the 50 per cent implementation date began from February, it would appear the focus is not so much on security at the moment but rather more focused to dealing with the economic downturn and issues arising out of the recent inauguration of President Obama. Once President Obama has settled in it is likely that we will hear more about screening and its implementation.

Wide ranging reports have highlighted the ongoing security debate at US Government level between the US Congress, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA). It is believed that what Congress wants will not be actually achieved and the Aviation Security Act may be amended to reflect screening only on internal and exportwithin US, where they have control.