Food Cargo: A Thief’s Most Likely Target


A few months back, Cyndia Zwahlen wrote an article for regarding the theft of food cargo across our country and around the world.  Even though the article is not the most recent, the information is still pertinent to cargo shippers across the globe. Read on for a quick synopsis of what Zwahlen had to say about this topic:

A cargo thief is more inclined to target a truck in transit, than a warehouse of products.  A reason for this is that the trucks may be “left unattended or unsecured before or after a delivery”.  When the cargo is traveling by truck, there are many opportunities along the way for a thief to strike if the driver is not carefully attending to the truck-load of goods.  Taking common safety precautions to heart, like paying attention to your rig as much as possible and only letting those you trust handle your products are a few ways to greatly minimize the chances of cargo theft negatively impacting your goods.  

Along with trucks to be a likely target of the cargo thieves, the thieves are also more likely to hit trucks filled with food products.  Although they might not have as high a monetary value as a truck full of electronics, they are much easier to manipulate and push through the black market of products.  They are virtually untraceable, because there are not individualized serial numbers on the food products that are stolen. Products like nuts, beer, and dog food are some of those that have been stolen at high rates in the past year.

According to Zwahlen’s article, “food and beverages have the highest heist rate worldwide, accounting for 27 percent of all cargo theft incidents”.  Seeing that over one fourth of the cargo stolen is coming from the categories of food and drink, it is evident that those handling these products need to be even more vigilant than normal while shipping the product from one destination to the other.  It is also important to be aware of who is moving the products out of the factory. Always know who is moving your product, to eliminate the possibility that small mishaps can lead to large monetary losses in the near future.

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