The Transportation Security Administration has announced the opportunity for explosives detection canine teams and canine team providers to become registered as Certified Cargo Screening Facility-Canine under TSA's Certified Cargo Screening Program.

TSA issued the CCSP regulation in 2009 to provide an approved method for regulated entities to screen 100 percent of all cargo to be transported on passenger aircraft. This program established a new regulatory framework that allowed third parties to screen cargo to TSA standards, relieving air carriers of the space, time, and cost pressures associated with screening cargo using technical means on airport grounds. TSA states that the CCSF-K9 program is a natural evolution of the CCSP as it provides another approved method for third parties to screen cargo to TSA standards at minimal cost and at the most efficient time and place.

Unless otherwise approved by TSA, providers must apply for a security program and certification to operate as a CCSF-K9 no less than 90 days before commencing operations. Initial approval of a CCSF-K9’s registration will be effective for 18 months.

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