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How Your Trusted 3PL Provider Can Help You Avoid Cargo Theft

Cargo theft in shipping and logistics is not a new phenomenon. In fact, for as long as goods have been transported, they’ve been at risk of being stolen. What has changed, however, is how logistics providers respond to the problem and the technology now available to help prevent it. With cargo theft on the rise, it is now even more crucial to choose a Third Party Logistics (3PL) provider that gives you the security and peace of mind you deserve.

What Cargo is Being Stolen and When?

Food and beverage products have been the most targeted goods by cargo thieves as they are quickly sold, difficult to track, and quick to consume. Since the pandemic, however, thieves have been targeting electronic goods, and in the last few months, the industry has seen a steep rise in the theft of household goods. Again, thieves look for goods that they can sell as quickly as possible. A survey by the National Retail Federation (NRF) found that respondents had experienced cargo being most at risk of theft when it was out on the road, between distribution centers and stores. This step in the supply chain was considered the most problematic for cargo theft, with over 68% saying it was their number one problem. The crimes tend to occur when the shipment is unattended, parked in isolation, and in so-called “red zones.”

What Can Be Done to Prevent Cargo Theft?

Your logistics provider plays an integral role in the protection of your shipment. As logistics brokers and distributors, ABCO Logistics and American Distribution are responsible for using trusted and reliable carriers. Our drivers are valued and experienced, and our fleet and equipment are up to date. Vital in the process, our vehicles have automated tracking systems, and the carrier and the driver maintain communication throughout the entire process. 

Additional measures can be taken to prevent cargo theft. These include:

  • Identifying and avoiding “red zone” areas along the route. These are often found on the edges of densely populated metropolitan areas. Additionally, it is essential to avoid using unsecured parking, which sees the highest incidences of cargo thefts.
  • Reducing the amount of time the driver spends away from their cargo; this can be achieved by asking the driver to rest, shower, eat and refuel before they pick up the load. Empower drivers by educating them on the risks of cargo theft.
  • Ensure all high-security locks and tracking systems are activated.

American Distribution is Here to Help

Contact one of our experts today to learn more about how we securely transport cargo. We operate throughout the contiguous United States and provide our clients with extensive logistics expertise and support at every stage of the shipment process.