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According to SensiGuard, these times merit special measures for Freight Brokers, Freight Forwarders, Motor Carriers and others in the transportation industry:
- In-demand items (sanitizers, soaps, facemasks, pantry staples) should receive increased security protocols. These items will be targeted more aggressively during the pandemic.
- Allow additional time to search for parking.
- Do not leave cargo unattended, even for a brief period.
- Instruct drivers to inspect trailers and seals prior to initiating route and at all stops, to ensure curtains/doors have not been penetrated.
- Confirm receiver availability and hours of operation as they may have changed.
- Be prepared for notification mid-route that a receiving facility will be closed and be prepared to locate alternate destinations.
- If your organization has not done so already, conduct desktop assessments of your warehousing options and your provider’s security levels at any alternate sites. Example: Have your Logistics Service Providers (LSPs), provide feedback to you now on what warehouses are TAPA-compliant or what existing security measures are in place. (Read More)
- Additionally, LSPs should consider conducting a TAPA self-assessment as part of a desktop exercise for any complacency, or new vulnerabilities.
- Covert GPS tracking and active monitoring of high-risk shipments are highly recommended, as they have proven to be the most effective protocols to both mitigate in-transit theft and facilitate successful recovery of stolen product.