The “Global Air Cargo Security and Screening System Market, by Size of Screening System (Screening Systems for Small Parcel, Screening Systems for Break & Pallet Cargo, and Screening Systems for Oversized Cargo), and by Technology (Narcotics trace detectors, Non-computed tomography, and Explosives detection systems), by Applications (Narcotics detection, Metal & contra band detection, and Explosives detection) and by Geography (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa) - Global Forecast to 2027”, is expected to be valued at US$ 1,901.9 million by 2027, witnessing a CAGR of 6.1% during the forecast period (2019-2027), as highlighted in a report published by Coherent Market Insights.


Air cargo security and screening system is an apparatus used for viewing luggage, baggage, and parcels that are shipped through flights. Air cargo security and screening systems offer high-end security for cargo, by allowing identification and screening of parcels containing chemicals and explosives that can be dangerous for passengers. These systems can screen weapons, chemicals, explosives, firearms, narcotics, and more. The systems use technologies such as explosives detection systems, narcotics detectors, and non-computed tomography.

The global air cargo security & screening system market is estimated to account for US$ 1,219.3 Mn in terms of value by the end of 2019

Market Driver

Execution of stringent regulations and new standards at airport securities is expected to drive growth of the global air cargo security & screening systems market during the forecast period

Air transportation as a mode of freight transference has increased significantly in the recent past, as it provides quicker transportation of large volumes. However, this has increased the risk of explosives and possible terrorist activities. Thus, International Civil Aviation Organization has collaborated with Transpiration Security Administration (TSA) to launch new regulatory standards and policies for regularizing air cargo shipment. It will ensure proper usage of technology and development risk of management techniques for better cargo safety. Therefore, presence of set standards, various companies are preferring air cargo options for freight shipment, which in turn, is expected to drive growth the global air cargo security & screening systems market over the forecast period.

Market Opportunity

Provision of a separate terminal for air cargo shipment is expected to pose lucrative growth opportunity for market players

Airport authorities and government agencies are working together to develop a dedicated single terminal for air cargo screening equipment. The terminal will help airport workers to identify threats and save time for cargo shipping since separate terminal can reduce time required for screening of passengers, baggage, parcels, and belongings. Moreover, such terminals can eliminate if not minimize the risks to passengers in the event of chemical explosion or a bomb threat. This, in turn, is expected to pose lucrative growth opportunity for market players in the near future.   

Market Restraint

High cost related to scanning systems is expected to hinder the global air cargo & screening systems market growth over the forecast period

For adequate screening of cargo shipments, screening systems enabled with advanced technology are used. However, these systems are highly expensive compared to other cargo screening systems require timely updates every three to four years. Therefore, airport authorities and airlines invest heavily to install these systems at airport. However, smaller airlines with limited budget are reluctant to invest in air cargo security and screening systems due to which risk of security threat increases. High cost of these systems is restraining growth of the global air cargo security and screening market.

Market Trends

  1. North America Trends

Adoption of innovative screening methodologies is major regional trend

The U.S. Canada, and Mexico share borders in North America where these countries have adopted compatible screening methods for departure and entry of cargo through rail, road, and airlines. Implementing screening methods such as X-ray has helped the respective authorities and agencies in these countries to improve security and secure and screen cargo at the first point-of-entry, irrespective of the mode of transportation.

Partnership Programs

Regulatory authorities in the countries Canada and the U.S. have adopted ‘Free and Secure Trade’ program, in order to enhance cargo security and safety. This program is expected to help both countries in implementing risk management approaches and improve partnerships between customs authorities and trading communities of both countries. Moreover, both countries are expected to follow similar compliance and regulations for cargo shipments so that shipment is reached without facing delays.

  1. Latin America Trends

Implementation of advanced screen technology

Governments in Latin American countries namely Chile and Brazil are focused on incorporation of advanced technologies screening technologies such as X-ray screening systems for security checks of cargo at airports. Increasing incidence of terrorist attacks has compelled governments in countries to augment the existing security standards and measures. For instance, in July 2014, Astrophysics Inc., an air cargo security systems provider, entered into a contract with Brazilian airport operator, Infraero. Through this contract, Astrophysics is expected to offer X-ray security systems for cargo screening at over 11 airports in Brazil.

Increase in layers of air cargo security

Transportation Security Administration in the region has urged airport authorities to increase security layers, especially for cargo due to recent terror activities. These security layers include in-depth documentation review, physical search during screening, explosive trace detection, and screening by advanced imaging technology provided by prominent security system providers such as L3 communication.

Competitive Section   

Key players operating in the global air cargo security & screening systems market are L-3 Communications Security & detection system, American Science and Engineering, Inc., Smiths Detection, Nuctech Company, Safran Identity and Security SAS, Gilardoni S.P.A., Implant Sciences Corporation, Rapiscan System, and Costruzioni Elettroniche Industriali Automatismi S.p.A.

Key Developments

  1. Key players in the market are focused on participating in fairs, technology events, and conferences, in order to enhance their market presence. For instance, in October 2019, Rapiscan System, a supplier of security inspection technologies, participated in the Inter Airport Europe 2019 event to demonstrate screening technology and airport security excellence. It showcased the TRS Tray Return System, RTT110 for high-speed hold baggage screening and air cargo 920CT 3D image screening system for cabin baggage, and Itemiser 4DX for highly selective and sensitive narcotic and explosive detection.
  2. Key companies in the market are involved in mergers and acquisitions, in order to gain competitive edge in the market. For instance, in January 2017, L3 Security & Detection Systems (L3 SDS), a supplier of communication and electronic systems for military and commercial sector, acquired Implant Sciences Corporation.


Market Taxonomy:

  1. By Size of Screening Systems
  • Screening systems for small parcel
  • Screening systems for break & pallet cargo
  • Screening systems for oversized cargo
  1. By Technology
  • Narcotics trace detectors
  • Non-computed tomography
  • Explosives detection systems
  1. By Applications
  • Narcotics detection
  • Metal & contra band detection
  • Explosives detection


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