Thieves in the United States present a threat to high value shipments of manufactured goods to market. Their continued organization and evolution of their techniques mean that the threat of cargo theft of manufactured goods continues to grow as criminals improve their methods to avoid detection and capture. Organized cargo thieves are honing in on highly desired shipments of manufactured goods that they know can be fenced easily or target products that have been ordered by black market distributors.

Organized criminals in the U.S. have long calculated risk and reward when targeting manufactured goods cargo. Thieves can diligently leverage their criminal network to identify the contents of high value loads and the security measures in place. A common practice used by criminals is pilferage. Thieves know that intelligence can be gathered while obtaining high value merchandise by accessing a trailer, stealing some of the product, and then noting if any response measures occur.

High value cargos such as electronics have traditionally had the largest shares of average loss value in the United States, with automotive and building and industrial products seeing a jump in average loss value over recent years. The growth in the theft of building and industrial products is largely attributed to the increase in the number of hurricane events in recent years and increased demand for these products for reconstruction. Within the electronics sector, televisions and displays remain the most popular items for theft followed by audio & video and computers. Electronics has one of the highest pilferage rates of any product.


Due to risk of capture, cargo thieves in the United States largely tend to target loaded trailers that are unattended and stationary at unsecure locations. In addition to in-transit thefts and pilferage, a growing method of cargo theft is fictitious pickups. As cargo thieves continually adapt to the evolving logistical security landscape, new threats will take shape in the form of new theft methods, and new targeted manufactured goods. Thieves will adjust to increased risk and modify their efforts accordingly, and high value shipments will continue to be targeted vigorously. What can manufacturers do to protect their high value products in transit?

In the transportation of high value manufactured goods, cable seals are a trusted and reliable solution to protect your precious cargo from the bad guys. Cable seals sometimes also called barrier seals, use a metal locking body and cable to secure shipments of manufactured goods. These seals can be applied to shipping containers, rail cars, truck doors, and containers. Depending on the diameter of the cable, these seals can be used to secure cross-border shipments or, on the opposite end of the spectrum, drums and access panels. The versatility of these seals makes them an ideal security solution for manufacturing companies with diverse needs. To that point, there are a number of common applications for cable seals across manufacturing industries.

Across manufacturing industries there is a desire to move products quickly and with as few errors as possible; to that end over-molded and barcoded cable seals are growing in popularity and worthy of consideration. Over-molded cable seals are your standard metal seals with a plastic casing to improve marking and readability by various barcode scanners. This type of seal is resistant to rust and less likely to have the marking tampered with than traditional painted or printed seals. As you consider cable and bolt seals for protecting your high value shipments of manufactured goods, consider important questions such as; am I shipping across the border? Are there government regulations that I must comply with? Am I using the most appropriate seals for this job?

Your answers to these questions, will determine the needs for specific diameters, lengths, or composition of the seals. Depending on the application for your needs, you may also consider bar codes and over-molds or a different metal such as zinc.

For example, one solution for the transport of high value electronics goods is the use of high security cable seals and bolt seals. Hybrid tamper evident devices are crucial for transporting high value loads and preventing the likelihood of loss. Seals like the SeaLock offer the highest levels of security by immobilizing locking doors while at the same time locking the door latch. The Sealock SL is a hybrid cargo security device consisting of a barrier locking bar and indicative cable seal. The device requires two cuts for removal, and exceeds all ISO 11712:2013 Clause 6 standards. The Sealock SL-C is a dual-sided large diameter cable seal that also seals and locks both container doors together and prevents the most common forms of covert intrusion and tampering, while still exceeding CTPAT standards for high security seals. Protecting containers with seals that are ISO rated High Security gives manufacturers assurance that their chain of custody is secure. The EZ Loc Plus 1/8 is an ISO 17712:2013 High Security Seal and C-TPAT Compliant. The EZ Loc Plus features a non-preformed security cable that frays when cut with various marking options for customized tracking. The seal pulls tight for maximum security and can only be removed with cable cutters.

EZ Loc Plus and Sealock

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