8 Ways to Reduce Cargo Theft
Cargo theft and hijacking is on the rise in Canada and the United States, according to Freight Watch International. In the US alone, the total cost to the economy has been estimated at approximately $300 billion. This enormous loss includes the value of stolen goods, resupply costs, opportunity costs, as we as insurance and law enforcement costs.
Organizational Practices That Attract Thieves
- Dropping trailers off at truck stops and unprotected/unsecured lots
- Not properly vetting logistics providers before agreeing to service and/or checking drivers at the dock to ensure that the are legitimate employees of the transportation provider
- Allowing new or temporary employees who have not undergone a background check to handle shipping paperwork or giving them information about upcoming shipments
- Not accounting for all items to be shipped
- Allowing unsealed trailers to leave the shipping area
Here are 8 Ways to Reduce Cargo Theft
- Conduct a thorough assessment of all shipping processes to identify substandard practices.
- Become educated and stay up-to-date on industry best practices. Benchmark and compare to your company operations.
- Thoroughly check employees and vendors associated with any logistics activities prior to allowing them into the supply chain. Conduct random or regular checks to ensure that these individuals have not “fallen under the radar” post-hire.
- Account for all products leaving the facility.
- Seal all truckloads and document the seal numbers on the bills of lading. Whenever possible, anti-theft seals or locks should be utilized.
- When shipping less than a full load, shipments must be secured in a fashion that keeps them intact. This can include plastic wrap, banding, or large containers such as totes or boxes.
- Do not communicate information about any shipments to anyone who does not need to know.
- Do not permit loads to be left unsecured. Loaded trailers must be kept in secure facilities and unattended vehicles should never be left unlocked.
Tia Chisholm, HUB International TRANSPORTATION
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