Air cargo industry is struggling to meet screening deadline

Cargo shippers and federal officials are meeting this week in Orlando, Fla., to discuss the looming deadline for screening 100% of freight shipped on commercial airliners. Up to 10 million pounds of cargo are loaded onto passenger flights every day, and Congress wants every item individually screened beginning in August. "There will not be enough [certified screeners] to meet the demands of the supply chain, not at the current rate of certification," warns a TSA official in charge of cargo screening. The president of the Global Trade and Commerce Association agrees. "It's going to be a serious issue come next fall," she says.

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