Airforwarders Association Testifies at U.S. Senate Committee Hearing
Executive Director Brandon Fried Shared Expert Opinion on Air Cargo Security during Special Field Hearing
By: The Airforwarders Association
The special hearing, entitled, "Promoting Safe Skies through Scanning and Screening: Oversight of Air Cargo Security," was convened by Senator Edward J. Markey to discuss air cargo security topics at Boston Logan International Airport. Industry experts were called as witnesses to examine specific topics such as oversight of certified cargo screening facilities, screening technology, and the efficiency of the global supply chain. The full list of witnesses included:
Testimony from the Airforwarders Association provided the freight forwarders perspective on air cargo oversight by the TSA, especially regarding the Indirect Air Carrier Program. Brandon Fried outlined the progress and benefits of the Certified Cargo Screening Program, which has served a successful cornerstone for air cargo screening for almost 10 years, demonstrating a supply chain solution to a significant security challenge. He also highlighted industry-supported initiatives such as Third-Party Canine Program (3PK9), citing the tremendous impact they have on cargo screening efficiency. Brandon's testimony underscored how non-governmental screening programs have proven to be a critical element in effective global air cargo security, and clearly stated what action is needed to support these initiatives in the future including: new technology, increased communication and access to resources, and updated and clarified regulations to ensure consistent interpretation and implementation industry-wide.
"It's a great honor to present the thoughts, concerns and viewpoints of the forwarding community in this prestigious forum," said Brandon Fried, Executive Director of the Airforwarders Association. "Following the witness testimony today, we hope that TSA will continue to certify more modern screening technology, and prioritize alleviating confusion caused by inconsistencies in its own policy interpretations. Security deteriorates when operators do not have a clear understanding of regulations due to inconsistencies and with increased clarity and communication, this is a risk factor we can reduce together. We urge Congress to maintain adequate funding of TSA, so the agency may continue its support for air cargo security, and further development of critical security solutions."
The opening statements, witness testimony and Q&A session are available on the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation's Facebook page, here. For more information about the Airforwarders Association, please visit our website.
About The Airforwarders Association:
The Airforwarders Association (AfA) represents more than 275 member companies dedicated to moving cargo throughout the supply chain. The association's members range from small businesses with fewer than 20 employees to large companies employing more than 1,000 people and business models varying from domestic to worldwide freight forwarding operations. In short, they are the travel agents for freight shipments, moving cargo in the timeliest and most cost-efficient manner whether it is carried on aircraft, truck, rail or ship. For more information, visit the association's website at www.airforwarders.org.