Millions of tonnes of cargo are transported around the world every day and, for the most part, it reaches its destination safely and in good condition.
Cargo theft, however, is a concern for anyone involved in logistics or who has a product to get from A to B. Here we take a look at the steps you can take right now to protect your cargo while it is in transit or waiting at a depot to be picked up and transported.
- Choose the Right Shipping Company
There is a lot to choose from when it comes to picking a shipping company to work with. Before you jump into any arrangement, it’s important to do your due diligence.
- How long have they been operating?
- Do they transport the type of freight that you have?
- Have they had problems in the past?
- What security measures do they have in place in addition to your own?
Building a partnership with a shipping company that you can trust, and you know will deliver may not completely eradicate the potential for theft, but it will greatly reduce it.
- Low Tech Solutions Still Work
While there are all sorts of technological innovations available in shipping today, don’t forget that the low-tech solutions also still work. That means making sure that your freight is secure by using appropriate locks and seals as well as making sure your delivery is packed correctly.
- Invest in the Right Technology
There is a range of tech that has been developed over the last few years to protect freight in transit. These include biometric security and smart locks which are much more difficult to get past and make potential thieves think twice. Yes, there is an extra expense here when introducing something like face recognition software to your container, but it can deliver great savings in the longer term.
- Be Aware of Problem Locations
If you regularly transport goods abroad, you’ll now that there are certain hotspots where thefts are more likely to occur.
At the moment, these include places like Brazil, Africa and Mexico. It is important to work closely with an expert shipping company like Equator, to make sure that all measures possible are in place to protect your cargo. Again, this doesn’t make you completely safe, but it does reduce the risk a good deal.
- Track Your Shipment
Tracking is relatively easy nowadays and means that you can have complete peace of mind knowing where your cargo is at any particular time. It’s also a great tool for liaising with your delivery location as well as providing customer support. Employing GPS trackers can also be useful for law enforcement if you are unfortunate to be the victim of a theft.
There is no definitive solution for any shipment, whether it is being transported in the UK or across the world, but there are certain measures you need to put in place to improve security. This should be standard practice for your business and will help give you the peace of mind and confidence to ship anywhere in the world.
If you have any questions regarding UK and global shipping then please contact the shipping experts at Equator Worldwide.