In most cases, shipments are able to leave from A and reach B without a hiccup to speak of but in some cases, the worst really can happen. While every care is taken with your shipments here at Barrington Freight and we execute the best security measures possible, cargo theft is unfortunately rife across the globe. Thankfully, there are precautions that you can take to aid us in protecting your cargo. Here, we’re looking at five to get you started.
- Choose Experienced Freight Forwarders
The first step you can take to ensure that your cargo remains safe is to only utilise experienced freight forwarders who have a wealth of trusted couriers at their fingertips. Here at Barrington Freight, we pride ourselves on the experience we can offer our clients, but it’s important that you’re comfortable with the provider’s knowledge of an area. We can navigate difficult terrain in most cases, offering unique routes if we believe it may be safer, particularly during holiday periods.
- Invest In High-Tech Security
Investing in technology that can help you promote the safety of your cargo, from in-container monitoring to smart locks and biometric security methods. By setting locks that can only be disabled through fingerprints, facial ID or similar, you can have your cargo set to only be accessible to you and the recipient. Of course, there are risks involved with these methods and they can be expensive to run but for expensive or high-risk shipments, it could very well be an investment worth making.
- But Don’t Forget The Low-Tech Counterparts
With the aforementioned risks, it’s important not to leave your security entirely down to technology. From hacking, to a breakdown of the system during transit, ensuring that you have low-tech alternatives as a backup can help you ensure that your shipments are safe from the moment they leave your door, to the moment they reach their destination. Plenty of locks and seals will help give you that extra peace of mind that everything is well and securely packed in, ready for a safe and drama-free journey.
- Utilise Tracking
Tracking has become an increasingly popular demand from consumers, and rightly so. The peace of mind of knowing where your cargo is at any one time can be the difference between a stressful process and a seamless one. If your cargo was to go missing at any time, being able to track your goods at every step of their journey will not only ensure that you’re aware of how close it is to delivery, but in some cases, you may even come to know where it’s gone if it’s stolen when using GPS trackers.
- Take Note Of Hotspots And Times
Some parts of the world are far more prone to cargo theft depending on the areas that your cargo is travelling through and the time of year you have decided to travel within. Of course, some countries are more well-known for this kind of behaviour than others (Brazil, Mexico, South Africa) but cities and even truck stops can all have differing levels of theft so it’s important to ensure that you and your freight forwarder understand the ins and outs of each to optimise the safety of your goods.
While there is no sure-fire way to protect cargo against all cargo theft, through extra precautions and our trusted, knowledgeable service, your cargo can reach its destination on time and in one piece.
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