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Mercury Air Group Partners with GK9PG on Canine Cargo Screening

Mercury Air Group is the first company to implement TSA approved Third-Party K9 Screening

Los Angeles, California: On December 18, 2018 Mercury Air Cargo and HPL-Apollo became the first companies to implement 3rd party canines to screen cargo under the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) new Third-Party K9 (3PK9) program. Mercury Air Cargo and HPL-Apollo have exclusively partnered with Global K9 Protection Group (GK9PG) to conduct the screening of the cargo in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

GK9PG’s Canine Cargo Screening at Mercury Air Group

On December 21, 2018 the TSA published a National Press Release related to the stating " that the first certified third-party canine team began screening air cargo this week – fulfilling a requirement in the TSA Modernization Act of 2018. Which requires the development of standards for the use of third-party canines for air cargo screening. The program was signed into law in October 2018 and opened to qualified explosives detection canine team providers to become a regulated Certified Cargo Screening Facility-Canine (CCSF-K9).

The TSA has established the 3PK9 program which allows private sector explosive detection canine teams to conduct primary screening of air cargo under 49 CFR part 1549. "The 3PK9 program is vital to meet the strict security requirements set for air cargo" said Eric Hare, Chief Executive Officer of GK9PG. "We have worked collaboratively for months with Mercury Air Group to establish the most effective process for their facilities, so we can effectively screen cargo while providing an unparalleled level of security," he said.

The implementation of this program will drastically reduce the amount of handling required to screen cargo since canines are capable of effectively screening enormous amounts of cargo in a shorter period when compared to traditional methods in use today including explosive trace detection (ETD) and X-Ray. The result is increased throughput and the capability for a facility to handle significantly more cargo as a result of the reduced handling and processing times. The implementation of the 3PK9 Program will keep cargo flowing especially as some of the most constrained airport terminals in the country.

"The dogs will allow us to screen at the skid level - hundreds of pieces - and avoid double, triple and sometimes - quadruple handling." John Peery, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President at Mercury Air Cargo. “We are very pleased to partner with the exceptional Global K9 Protection Group organization in this game changing improvement to cargo security screening:” said Peery.

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