Whether you operate in logistics, run a distribution hub, or manufacture goods that must be shipped worldwide, cargo security is an important issue. Cargo theft can be exceptionally costly for businesses who see property stolen by opportunistic criminals often adding up to billions. A 2021 report posted by the British International Freight Association (BIFA) stated that theft committed during transit accounts for the largest quantity of worldwide cargo theft.
Enterprises set on preventing cargo theft wherever possible and limiting risks can consider the following measures to safeguard their shipments.
Personnel checks are imperative
All staff employed in storage facilities where cargo is at rest must be intensively screened by those hiring. This includes checks on credit, driving, and criminal records as well as confirming that all personal details and employment histories supplied are accurate. Additionally, warehouse staff should never be permitted to park personal vehicles near cargo staging or storage areas.
Pick your partners wisely
All intermediaries and transport partners should be checked with the same level of scrutiny. Once your goods are shipped, these enterprises will have control and custody of your goods and responsible for cargo safety until it reaches its final destination.
Create a security-conscious culture
From your warehouse staff to drivers, ensure all your team understands the security protocols you have put in place. Those charged with transporting cargo should be trained in hijack prevention methods and be aware of risks.
Employ available technology
Cutting-edge technology for cargo security is now available at low costs so take advantage of it. Tamper-proof seals can keep criminals out of cargo containers while vehicle immobilisation devices can ensure transporters can’t be easily stolen. Tracking equipment is also offered for both cargo and the vehicles carrying it to make certain it stays on your radar from dispatch to delivery.
Complete site security audits
Full security audits should be conducted on cargo storage and staging areas. These should be conducted by experienced management or qualified experts and involve periodic checks on all security features from perimeter fencing and lighting to closed-circuit television systems.
Keep documentation private
Limit how many employees have access to cargo documentation and never leave any delivery receipts, shipping notices, or invoices associated with goods in plain sight. All documentation should be kept strictly confidential.
Pack cargo safely and properly
Use robust new packing containers that are well-designed. Inferior packaging can not only lead to damaged goods but expose the contents of crates and containers revealing their value to criminals. Avoid branding boxes with company logos and other trademarks to avoid unwanted attention. Use tamper-evident seals that enable handlers to identify if cargo has been interfered with.
Finally, always use the most direct route for shipping cargo whenever possible and use as few intermediaries as you can. Ensure every time your cargo completes part of its journey it is counted, tracked, and signed for. If cargo must rest or stay overnight at any point during transit, make sure it is held in a secure well-lit area with appropriate protection in place.
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