TSA Indirect Air Carrier (IAC)

Expedited air shipping on commercial airplanes

Access to Greater Flight Routes - Meet Tight Delivery Deadlines

A TSA Indirect Air Carrier (IAC) is a transportation company that does not operate aircraft, but instead arranges for the movement of air cargo on behalf of shippers. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Indirect Air Carriers are companies that provide ground transportation of cargo to and from airports. As such, these companies are responsible for ensuring that all cargo is properly screened and secure, in compliance with TSA regulations.  

To become a certified IAC, companies must undergo a stringent certification process and routine audits by the TSA. This ensures that they comply with all relevant regulations and standards. Additionally, IACs must adhere to strict reporting and record-keeping guidelines, which contribute to the security of the cargo they transport. 

History of the TSA Indirect Air Carrier Program

The TSA Indirect Air Carriers program was established as a response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Its purpose is to ensure that all air cargo is secure and screened before it is loaded onto passenger aircraft. The program requires air carriers to use TSA-approved third-party logistics providers to transport cargo on their behalf, which helps to improve the overall security of the air cargo supply chain. 

TSA Indirect Air Carrier (IAC)

Why Choose a TSA-Approved Indirect Air Carrier (IAC) for Your Shipping Needs?

Opting for a TSA-approved Indirect Air Carrier (IAC), such as Mercury, presents several benefits. Approved IACs not only have access to an extensive range of flight routes, but they can also help you meet demanding delivery deadlines at competitive shipping rates.

Mercury Provides Expedited Air Shipping as an IAC

We have access to an extensive network of flight routes to meet your tight deadlines. Your shipment can be delivered in a very expedited manner on commercial airplanes, often same day. Mercury works directly with airlines and airports to ensure that your shipment gets on the next flight out (NFO) and follows all necessary TSA security requirements. With our nationwide and international shipping capabilities, distance is no barrier to getting your shipment where it needs to be fast. 

View Mercury's directory listing on the IATA website (iata.org).


To learn more about the Indirect Air Carrier program and its benefits, visit the TSA's official website. This resource provides valuable information on the certification process, as well as additional details on how IACs can revolutionize your shipping experience. 

Indirect Air Carrier (IAC)

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