Indirect Air Carrier
An Indirect Air Carrier is defined as any person, organization, or business within the United States national air system that does not posses a Federal Aviation Administration issued air carrier operation certificated yet, employs the services of licensed air carriers to move cargo from one destination to another. Air carriers leasing and sometimes even selling space on their aircrafts provide these services to companies for the purpose of shipping items. Examples of an indirect air carrier could be a charter vendor, the postal service, or freight forwarder.
An airfreight forwarder is a service organization, which serves the role of a shipper but does not actually operate the planes in which cargo is being shipped. They usually provide pick-up and delivery from the airport terminals as well as handling all necessary paperwork needed for the transportation of that cargo. In order for a freight forwarder to be an indirect air carrier they cannot be in operation of their aircraft, thus, there are some freight forwarders that are not indirect air carriers. Indirect air carriers operate under the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in its own division called the Indirect Air Carrier Management System (IACMS). Under this system all indirect air carriers operate according to the rules and regulations put forth in chapter 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations PART 1548 (49 C.F.R. PART 1548). This management system ensures that all indirect air carries have at least the minimum security requirements for the transportation of cargo and goods within the United States as well as establishing a system of application for freight forwarders wishing to operate under an Indirect Air Carrier certificate. While IACMS is not intended for the use of individuals wishing to ship cargo it is used by companies employed by people for the shipment of cargo or goods.
If you have ever gone on vacation with a large pet needing to be stowed away or needed to employee the services of a company to ship an animal via air cargo then you would have employed the services of an indirect air carrier. In today’s global world FedEx or UPS are the most convenient ways to ship goods. They come to your doors step, pick up whatever it is that’s being shipped, and deliver it for you. However, this can be costly and sometimes very inconvenient. Most indirect air carriers are located at airports which make them less appealing to persons looking to ship good but often offer better prices then their better known competitors and operate on a more one on one basis. Factors such as; size, shape, weight, type, and locations of delivery for cargo will determine if the employment of a indirect air carrier is best suited for your shipment.