Brexit, Customs Accepted Seals, Freight & Logistics, ISO 17712:2013 High Security Seals, Logistics, Retail

TydenBrooks Protects EuroTunnel Supply Chains

Euro Tunnel Freight queuing at the border

When it comes to freight transportation, the Euro Channel Tunnel is a crucial link between the UK and mainland Europe. Any disruption to traffic through the tunnel can have a ripple effect throughout the supply chain, leading to delays and higher costs for the transport companies and their customers.

TydenBrooks has long been a leader in protecting Euro Tunnel freight supply chains, with innovative high security products as well as monitoring and tracking services that help keep tabs on shipments at all times. By using TydenBrooks’ security seal solutions, businesses can rest assured that their freight supply chains will remain operational even in the face of adversity caused by Brexit, the invasion of Ukraine and the cost-of-living crisis. Learn how this industry-leading company is ensuring continuity for freight transportation in an uncertain political climate.

Euro Tunnel Freight

The Eurotunnel is part of a transportation system that links the United Kingdom with continental Europe. It is used by many industries for the movement of materials and finished products across borders. The Euro tunnel freight system is a complex multi-layered cargo enforcement strategy by customs, but it also requires particular security standards and regulations from a security seal manufacturer.

Our high security seals and layered security solutions go above and beyond to protect our customers’ supply chains as well as the consumer. We are proud to be the leading provider of security seals for the euro tunnel freight system. Our products are designed to meet the highest standards of security and quality, and they are backed by our excellent customer service.

ISO 17712 and C-TPAT

C-TPAT was established in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks as a way to strengthen international supply chains and improve border security. Our ISO certified security products are rigorously tested at an ISO 17025 laboratory and must meet or exceed the ISO 17712:2013 standard to receive a conformance certificate. UK and European logistics and transportation businesses have been quick to adopt our security seals to ensure the safety of their supply chains, with the HMRC Customs Accepted Security Seals program to help reduce delays at the Calais Border and at the US Borders.

ISO 17712:2013(en) Freight containers — Mechanical seals

ISO (International Organization of Standardization) applies to security seals with its 17712 documents outlining the product testing and security related business practices as delineated in the Normative Annex A. This document establishes “uniform procedures for the classification, acceptance, and withdrawal of mechanical freight container seals. It provides a single source of information on mechanical seals which are acceptable for securing freight containers in international commerce.”

These standards require testing of the physical strength, the tamper evident features, and auditing the manufacturer’s security-related business processes (ISO 9001). Tyden Brooks’ high-security barrier seals meet all these standards and are ISO 17712:2013 certified for use in cross-border transport. If security seals and measures are not compliant with these standards, it could affect relationships between the company and border crossing authorities. To protect our customers and consumers, we make sure all our high security barrier seals are ISO 17712 and C-TPAT compliant.

Our ISO and C-TPAT Certified Seals

Cross-border shipments are transported by truck and rail both of which make use of our security seals to create high-quality multi-layered security strategies. ISO 17712 certified high-security barrier seals such as our SnapTracker, and original bolt seal the Intermodal can be applied to secure articulated truck and railcar doors against unwanted intrusion and tampering. ISO 17712:2013 certified high security cable seals such as our Flexsecure FS35 and Flexsecure FS50 are predominantly used for securing doors hasps, keeper bars, and tanker lids.

By combining our high-security barrier and cable seals with our full line of indicative adjustable plastic seals (SecureGrip, Tug Tight, and SecureTite) a reliable multi-layered security program can be Implemented and protect your assets during cross-border transit.

For example:

A luxury fashion brand could be transporting their iconic purses and bags from France to Germany inside a tote box. Each tote box could be worth over 10,000 Euros. A Conventional tote box seal costing 4 cents to secure the tote box lids can be forced open and resealed without showing signs of tampering. The losses would be in the tens of thousands of euros per shipment.

Our solution:

  1. Using the Gemini Seal at 9 cents per seal to seal both ends of the tote box lids will stop the lids from being forced open by hand or with a screwdriver due to the 45kgs pull strength. By making this simple change the integrity of the security seal and the tote box has been maintained and the tote box can reach its destination untampered with.
  2. The roller cages transporting tote boxes or valuable items can be secured with one of our adjustable-length plastic security seals like the SecureGrip, Tug Tight or SecureTite to ensure the door remains closed. The seal number can be recorded and allocated to the roller cage number. Or with a barcode this is already achieved, and a full audit trail is provided for that roller cage and the cargo it holds.
  3. Securing the trailer doors with an FS35 or FS50 cable seal instead of a plastic seal stops any attempt to penetrate the seal, gain access to the cargo and reseal the doors without showing signs of tampering. The FS35 and FS50 cable seals show clear signs of tampering. When the cable is cut, it splays and cannot be reused. Unlike a plastic seal that can be glued back together.

How Laser Marking Technology Increases Supply Chain Security

To add another layer to a successful multi-layered strategy, TydenBrooks offers high security laser marking options for our seals as they cannot be scratched or rubbed off with chemicals. All of our security seals can be laser marked with name/logo, 1D, 2D, QR barcodes, and come standard with serialized numbering to facilitate the track and trace of your cargo from point A to B. You can learn more about our innovative 2D barcoding process here.

Our SnapTracker bolt seal uses dual marking meaning they are marked on the actual bolt and the locking body. Dual marking dramatically helps reduce the likely hood of counterfeit bolts being used to hide tampering. What sets us apart from the competition is our ability to do in house laser marking, so it saves our customers time and money.

Marking also helps customers by identifying what point tampering takes place exposing pilferage, contraband, and theft. Marking goes a long way in protecting a company’s bottom line and to reduce shrinkage while keeping track of inventory numbers. With sensitive products, such as food, marking helps prevent or detect contamination and can store important handling data.

Closed-Loop System Protection

Much cross-border shipping is part of a closed-loop supply chain. Closed-Loop is geared mostly toward the rail shipping aspect as trains go back and forth along the same line bringing raw materials and finished goods both ways. With a closed-loop supply strategy, our ISO certified security seals are applied to rail cars and trucks and the receivers on the other end have the appropriate custom TydenBrooks removal tools to cut the high security seals. Having these barrier seals in place creates and immediate deterrent and prevents unwanted tampering along the supply chain by making it near impossible for anyone outside the closed loop from being able to remove them.

Tanker trucks that carry goods across the border also use our security seals. Many of these tankers must be sanitized and cleaned upon unloading their product. Our plastic seals and cable seals can then be used to signal that these tankers remain clean as they travel back to pick up a new shipment. These seals prevent contamination of sensitive goods by making sure sanitation does not get compromised along the route.

To add another layer to a successful multi-layered strategy, TydenBrooks offers high security laser marking options for our seals as they cannot be scratched or rubbed off with chemicals. All of our security seals can be laser marked with name/logo, 1D, 2D, QR barcodes, and come standard with serialized numbering to facilitate the track and trace of your cargo from point A to B. You can learn more about our innovative 2D barcoding process here.

Our SnapTracker bolt seal uses dual marking meaning they are marked on the actual bolt and the locking body. Dual marking dramatically helps reduce the likely hood of counterfeit bolts being used to hide tampering. What sets us apart from the competition is our ability to do in house laser marking, so it saves our customers time and money.

Marking also helps customers by identifying what point tampering takes place exposing pilferage, contraband, and theft. Marking goes a long way in protecting a company’s bottom line and to reduce shrinkage while keeping track of inventory numbers. With sensitive products, such as food, marking helps prevent or detect contamination and can store important handling data.

SnapTracker-Bolt-Seal-Container-Doors

In Conclusion

With over 149 years of experience, TydenBrooks is a world-renowned security solutions company that has been meeting and exceeding the needs of our customers for decades. We understand that no two markets are alike, which is why we work with each of our clients to create customized security plans based on their specific needs. Our commitment to quality, innovation, and customer service sets us apart from the competition, and we are proud to offer some of the best security solutions in the business.

If you’re looking for a reliable partner who can help you secure your cross-border supply chains, contact TydenBrooks today. We would be happy to put our expertise to work for you!

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