Security Seals: First Defence Against Cargo Theft

revfin_600x250Cargo theft is a serious threat that is affecting a lot of Canadian industries. For the transportation industry, it is a $5 billion problem. In the Greater Toronto Area alone, over $500,000 worth of property disappears everyday. It’s alarming that this kind of theft occurs everywhere – in freight forwarding yards, carriers/ terminal lots, warehouses, truck stops, and even during transportation. This is why cargo security measures have become an essential part of doing business for many organizations today.

Safety seals are you first line of defence against thievery and damage of goods. A seal is a tamper-indicating device that is designed to leave non-erasable, unambiguous evidence if any unauthorized access happens. It can be made of steel, plastic, wire, or metal for varying degree of strength and security. There are also seals and ties that are ISO-compliant and can be customized for your own specific needs.

To find out which type of  security seal is the best fit for your kind of cargo and level of protection, read on below:

Indicative Seals

This is a good tool for alerting shipping receivers of tampering, theft or combinations of both. You can use them to lock containers and trailers. This type of seal works by showing a “blush mark” or a white stripe, among other proof of tampering, in the area that has been compromised.  Indicative seals include tamper-evident tapes, locks, and labels, which is further discussed in this article.

C-TPAT Seals

C-TPAT (Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) seals are best used when time is of the essence. C-TPAT is a voluntary supply chain security program led by the U.S. that focuses on the security of companies’ supply chains with respect to terrorism. Any cargo that are sealed with C-TPAT seals are move through customs more quickly. C-TPAT seals meet or exceed ISO/PAS 17712 standards for High Security Seals.

Plastic Seals

For a simple and practical way to secure your goods, plastic seals are the better choice. Use this tamper-evident marker to seal and secure valves, bags, containers, and more. Most plastic seals are for one time use and are more flexible than steel or wire seals.350x450

Tie Markers

Prevent unauthorized access to equipment, tools, and packages with this type of seal. It works by leaving trace evidence when it has been tampered with. There are even tie markers with write-on tags where you can put in your own instructions and messages for better security and handling of your goods.

Adhesive Seals

This type protects your goods against alteration, tampering and counterfeiting during shipping. Adhesive seals usually feature the words “TAMPER RESISTANT” or “VOID IF SEAL IS BROKEN” on the label itself. Use this to seal chemical containers, electronic equipment, and other items in your office, warehouse, shipping area, or manufacturing facility.

ISO Compliant Seals

Protect your company assets and shipment from damages, theft and unauthorized access and still comply with ISO 17712 regulations. ISO seal includes plastic padlock seals and bolt type barrier seals, which are perfect for use on ISO containers, trucks, shipments, air cargo containers, doors, hatches, and hazmat containers.

Steel, Cable, Metal and Wire Seals

Use this for industrial and commercial items that require heavy-duty protection. This type of seal is available in durable steel, metal, and wire materials with varying thickness. As a general rule, the thicker the diameter of the seal, the stronger the seal is.

Padlock Seals

This tamper evident seal is a popular type of safety seal used today. This one-time use padlock is available in a variety of styles and features, including plastic padlocks, heavy-duty tamper resistant padlocks which needs to be cut or broken to remove the lock.

Custom Seals

If you can’t find the right seal for your need, don’t worry! Custom seals allows you to create your own security seal and ties. You can put your own wording, numbering, bar codes,  colour, material, and even size of your seal to meet your own security system standards.

Always remember that the strength and effectiveness of your security seals depends on the proper way of using them. These means that the procedures that your company employs for procurement, storage, removal, disposal, reporting, record keeping, installation, inspection, interpreting findings, and training are being met. So to get the most out of your safety seals, follow these protocols to the letter. Not only will it enable you to provide the much needed security against cargo theft and damages, it will also add to a positive bottom line in the end.


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