Air Cargo Screening Systems Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Air Cargo Screening Systems Market is segmented by Technology (Explosive Detection Systems, Explosive Trace Detection Systems, Metal Detection Systems, Non-Computed Tomography (Non-CT) Transmission X-ray Devices), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

Air Cargo Screening Systems Market Overview
Study Period: 2018-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: >4 %
Air Cargo Screening Systems Market Key Players

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Market Overview

Air Cargo Screening Systems Market is anticipated to register a CAGR of over 4% during the forecast period (2020 - 2025).

  • Boom in e-commerce due to online shopping has increased the air cargo volume over the past few years. This is expected to generate demand for advanced screening systems at airports to handle cargo of various sizes and type.
  • Also, with the growth in air cargo, several airports in the world are constructing dedicated air cargo terminal which is expected to further propel the demand for air cargo screening systems in the coming years.
  • The air cargo industry is a considerable target for terror attacks and in the past few attempts have been made to ship explosive materials which has raised concerns and has resulted in further tightening of the regulations in terms of screening.
  • Stringent regulations related to the screening of air cargo by TSA and other regulatory bodies in EU has forced several airports to enhance their existing cargo screening systems.

Scope of the report

Air cargo screening systems are devices deployed at certain checkpoints in the airport to detect explosives and contrabands hidden in cargo. These systems help security agencies in securing the airport infrastructure against safety violations while ensuring smooth functioning of the global supply chain, which boosts the economic prospects of the country through aviation services. The market study also includes the cargo carried in passenger aircraft in the cargo compartment.

Explosive Detection Systems
Explosive Trace Detection Systems
Metal Detection Systems
Non-Computed Tomography (Non-CT) Transmission X- ray Devices
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Latin America
Rest of Latin America
Middle-East and Africa
United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabia
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Explosive Trace Detection (ETD) to dominate the Market in 2019

Explosives trace detectors (ETD) are explosive detection equipment able to detect explosives of small magnitudes. Devices similar to ETDs are also used to detect narcotics. The modern screening methods of today are proficient and powerful in screening high volumes of cargo. Explosive Trace Detection systems dominated the market in 2019, due to their capability to detect minute objects and narcotics. ETD’s are used in many airports as this technology is used to detain people handling narcotics and explosives and to identify traffickers of prohibited material. For instance, in July 2019, The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) installed a new piece of high-tech baggage screening equipment at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport, Texas. Investments in newer technologies of explosive and narcotics trace detection equipment is likely to help the government prevent or reduce terrorism in these regions. Innovation in technologies and a shift towards cost-effective and reliable explosive and narcotics trace detection devices are likely to create more opportunities in the market. Hence, investment in such technologies is anticipated to propel the growth of the segment in the coming years.

Air Cargo Screening Systems Market Key Trends

Asia-Pacific and North America is Expected to Experience the Highest Growth During the Forecast Period

Asia-Pacific and North America are anticipated to experience the highest growth during the forecast period. The growth in the region is due to the rising cargo traffic and improving infrastructure. The air cargo protection policies of the United States have been focused on two main perceived threats like detonation of concealed explosives in an air cargo shipment midflight and the possible hijacking of a large all-cargo aircraft to attack a ground target, such as a major population center, critical infrastructure, or a critical national security asset. The TSA (Transport Security Administration) established a voluntary Certified Cargo Screening Program (CCSP) that allows TSA-approved cargo screening carried out by industry personnel, to take place at off-airport manufacturing sites, warehouses, distribution centers, and freight transfer facilities. In 2018, air cargo worth USD 46,827 million was transported by the United States as exports and imports to Canada and Mexico. The imports accounted for 41.8% of the air cargo value in 2018. Additionally, some of the major airports in North America and Asia-Pacific are undergoing renovation or expansion, and utilization of newer technologies, for example, the cargo-screening technology based on X-ray radiography which is expected to drive the prospects of the air cargo screening systems market during the forecast period. In Asia-Pacific, major countries like China, India, Japan, and Singapore are planning to construct new airports and to expand the existing airports. New airports will have dedicated terminals for cargo which will further propel the demand for screening systems from this region during the forecast period.

Air Cargo Screening Systems Market Growth Rate

Competitive Landscape

Leidos, Inc., Rapiscan System Inc., L3 Security & Detection Systems, Smith’s Detection Inc., and VOTI Detection Inc. are some of the prominent players in the air cargo screening systems market. With the growing competition in the industry, manufacturers of screening systems are adopting advanced technologies and are significantly increasing their investment on R&D. In January 2020, VOTI Detection Inc. announced that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has granted the approval for XR3D-7D and XR3D-100D scanners which has 3D Perspective technology that delivers enhanced threat detection. In November 2019, Rapiscan Systems was approved by the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) 3.1 performance standard and selected to be on TSA's Air Cargo Screening Technology List (ACSTL) for its RTT 110 Explosive Detection Systems (EDS) in 2019.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Technology

      1. 5.1.1 Explosive Detection Systems

      2. 5.1.2 Explosive Trace Detection Systems

      3. 5.1.3 Metal Detection Systems

      4. 5.1.4 Non-Computed Tomography (Non-CT) Transmission X- ray Devices

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.2.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.2.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.2.4 Latin America

        1. Brazil

        2. Mexico

        3. Rest of Latin America

      5. 5.2.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. United Arab Emirates

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Rapiscan System Inc.

      2. 6.2.2 L3 Security & Detection Systems

      3. 6.2.3 Smiths Detection Inc.

      4. 6.2.4 Leidos, Inc.

      5. 6.2.5 VOTI Detection Inc.

      6. 6.2.6 3DX-RAY

      7. 6.2.7 Teledyne UK Limited

      8. 6.2.8 Astrophysics Inc.

      9. 6.2.9 ICTS Europe S.A

      10. 6.2.10 Gilardoni S.p.A.

      11. 6.2.11 Autoclear, LLC

      12. 6.2.12 EAS Envimet Analytical Systems Ges.m.b.H.


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Air Cargo Screening Systems Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Air Cargo Screening Systems Market is growing at a CAGR of >4% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2019.

Leidos, Inc., Rapiscan System Inc., L3 Security & Detection Systems, Smith’s Detection Inc., VOTI Detection Inc. are the major companies operating in Air Cargo Screening Systems Market.

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