US forwarders urge risk-based screening

The US Airforwarders Association has urged the US government to opt for risk-based assessment for inbound cargo, rather than 100 per cent screening. “You’re going to create bottlenecks, slow down commerce and you might even put lives in peril because a lot of cargo that the industry moves is lifesaving drugs, biomedical, pharma, that kind […]


The US Airforwarders Association has urged the US government to opt for risk-based assessment for inbound cargo, rather than 100 per cent screening. “You’re going to create bottlenecks, slow down commerce and you might even put lives in peril because a lot of cargo that the industry moves is lifesaving drugs, biomedical, pharma, that kind of stuff,” said the Association’s executive director, Brandon Fried. He estimated that 100 per cent inspection would cost companies hundreds of millions of dollars. The association called on Congress to work with the Transport Security Administration (TSA) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to implement a risk-based programme for securing inbound cargo shipments on all cargo and passenger aircraft.