Cargo crime on the rise in Mexico

Industry experts discuss how companies can keep their shipments safe


In addition to joining C-TPAT, Luke Ritter, principal, global trade security for security consulting firm Ridge Global and author of the book "Securing Global Transportation Networks," says that companies need to make sure who they are doing business with.

"Make sure you are not injecting risk into your own processes by doing business with entities that are either unknown to you or one that is known to be risky, but you have made a decision for whatever reason and continue to do business with them anyway," he said.

Ritter added that technology can also be useful in warding off cargo theft and cargo contamination.

"There are always advancements being made in tracing and tracking technology, as well as cargo scanning technology," he said. "I think investigating and pursuing technology tools that can help mitigate risk would be very effective if properly implemented."

The Mexican government is also taking steps to help improve security for shipments in the country. In the state of Chihuahua, Logan says that the state police have established industry cops that focus on protecting workers and securing transportation routes in the area. Though the program is only currently in Chihuahua, Logan says that he could see it expanding to other areas in the country.

Many companies have also established close relationships with state police in the areas where their goods are made and shipped.

"These are the guys that are not only going to help with information in terms of knowing the paths where cargo has been hit and what people can do about it, but they are the ones that are going to help you find your (goods)," Logan said.

Ray Fernandez, vice president of Sealock Security Systems, which manufacturers security devices for cargo containers, says that it's time for companies to backup their rhetoric when it come to securing cargo.

"My advice to (shipping companies) is to take these matters very seriously," he said. "Following the letter of the law is not quite the same as following the intent of the law. A lot of companies like to talk the talk, but when it comes to walking the walk, they try to get the most benefit from the least expenditure and that is not always the best way of approaching (the problem)."