What is a Known Shipper (KSMS)?

by | Mar 25, 2019 | Air Freight Forwarding, Compliance, Supply Chain Dictionary

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The Known Shipper Management System (KSMS) is a program the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) uses to qualify shippers to load cargo on passenger planes in the U.S. The purpose of the KSMS is to enhance international and domestic airline safety and security. If the shipper is approved by the KSMS, they are considered a “known shipper.”  

One of the greatest benefits of being a “known shipper” is that you can ship on passenger and cargo planes – which gives you greater flexibility. 

Shippers that are not “known” (“unknown shippers”) are unable to ship via passenger planes.   

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