Security Measures

Keeping security locked down tight. For you.

At American Airlines Cargo, our priority is your shipment's safety. Here, you'll find the latest in security news and how to best protect your package shipment.

Here's the latest:

New Master Air Waybill Statement for U.S. Inbound Cargo A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Security Directive for U.S. International Inbound cargo became effective June 15, 2012.

  • The directive provides new MAWB Statement language defining the business relationship between forwarder and shipper or consignee.
  • American Airlines is recommending that the statement be provided with every shipment tendered by a regulated agent.

Shipper Security Status

If you haven't already, we welcome you to become verified as a known shipper. Your ability to ship with us may depend on it. Depending on your type of business, unverified shippers may run into a fee associated with a portion of our security process. Begin the process by establishing a Precise Account Locator (PAL) number.

TSA Security Requirements
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Before you ship, remember the following important points, all based upon directives from the TSA regarding air cargo security for U.S. export and import shipments:

  • All shipments may be subject to inspection
  • All customers should have two forms of ID, both of which may be non-photo id, but at least one must be government issued.
  • To assist in the process, please provide a complete and accurate commodity description, either on the air waybill or on an attached manifest
  • Due to unforeseen circumstances, the entire shipping process may take longer than our published cutoff times
Security Surcharge
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We recently enhanced security measures, which, unfortunately, also increased costs. As a result, we have implemented a handling surcharge on shipments to, from and within the United States, which varies depending on the origin.

View the current list of security surcharge rates.

Dangerous Goods
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One of our primary concerns is dangerous goods. It is against federal law to drop off freight or Priority Parcel Service shipments to American Airlines, American Eagle and AmericanConnection containing dangerous goods that have not been properly declared, identified, packaged, marked, labeled and documented. If you don't follow our guidelines, the United States Department of Transportation may hand down penalties of $250,000 or more and up to five years in prison. View more information on shipping dangerous goods.

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