Cargo Screening

Please be aware that when shipping air cargo, there are many layers of security and regulations.


All cargo shipments are subject to inspection. International Freight Systems is not obligated to perform such inspection, except as may be required by law.


The TSA regulates all aspects of air cargo security. Their website is


Effective October 1, 2008, all cargo offered for transport aboard a Narrow Body Passenger Aircraft within or from the US is subject to screening. Nearly all domestic flights in the US are Narrow Body Passenger Aircraft, however most international flights are wide body aircraft. Effective February 1, 2009, 50% of all cargo offered for transport aboard any Passenger Aircraft within or from the US must be screened. Effective August 1, 2010, this mandate extends to 100% of all cargo. These two upcoming dates and their accompanying inspection mandates are expected to create cargo backlogs in major US gateway airports. The Air Freight Industry and the Transportation Security Administration are working on programs to allow cargo screening earlier in the supply chain, thereby avoiding screening delays at the airport. International Freight Systems will keep its customers informed as these programs are implemented. Please contact us for any additional information.