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World Cup heightens risk for cargo theft

By Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
June 03, 2014

U.S. shippers hoping to profit when the World Cup gets underway later this month, may wish to heed a warning issued by the Air Forwarders Association.

The city of Rio de Janeiro experienced a 142% increase in recorded cargo theft incidents in the first quarter of 2014, compared to the same time frame in 2013. The increase in cargo theft incidents is speculated to be a direct result of the government’s crackdown on drug trafficking and other organized crimes as the World Cup approaches. 

This, in turn, appears to have caused gangs to diversify their activities with many expanding into cargo theft.  The majority of the thefts being reported in Rio are occurring in the metropolitan areas. Thieves are targeting delivery vehicles and intercity cargo shipments.

Security specialists advise extreme vigilance for logistics operations in the area. Also recommended is a multilevel security program to adequately respond to any incidents that might arise. Along with the electronic monitoring of shipments, shippers should ensure that drivers maintain constant communication with control centers as a way to increase the probability of an adequate and timely reaction to any events that might arise.

About the Author

Patrick Burnson
Executive Editor

Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review magazines and web sites. Patrick is a widely-published writer and editor who has spent most of his career covering international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. You can reach him directly at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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