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Ensuring Secure Logistics: Best Practices and Tips

Ensuring Secure Logistics: Best Practices and Tips

Ensuring the secure transportation of cargo across your supply chain isn’t just a good idea – It is a necessity in a world where cargo theft skyrocketed 57 percent in 2023. Fortunately, there are many steps you can take to lock down the security of your loads, no matter what you transport, and no matter where they go. Here are some best practices and essential tips to help you enhance the security of your shipments this year and every year.

Partner with a Reliable Logistics Company

Security starts with the company you entrust to fill your logistics needs. From transportation to logistics, customs clearing to border crossing, and storage to delivery, every step of the process is only as secure as your partner is reliable. Here are some things to consider when choosing your partner:

  • Track record of security and safety
  • Timely deliveries
  • Decades of expertise
  • Modern security measures
  • Streamlined processes
  • State-of-the-art equipment
  • Satisfied customers

At Mex-Cal Truckline, we have spent the past 40+ years eliminating the middleman and delivering goods on time, every time. With one of the industry’s lowest incidence records, security across everything from our C-TPAT compliant yards to our rigorous inspection protocols, and all-in-one solutions, we are positioned to support your logistics and transportation needs – Securely.

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Complete Risk Assessments

Every load will have its own security considerations and concerns. Understanding the risks of each load and implementing tailored security measures can help to keep your cargo safe. At Mex-Cal, our experienced team will work with you to evaluate factors such as the value of your cargo, where your cargo is going, what logistics and transportation needs you have along the way, and where your cargo may be most vulnerable. Based on this evaluation, we will implement security measures designed to maximize the safety of each load along each step of the supply chain.

Implement Advanced Tracking Technology

Knowing where your shipments are every step of the way is an important part of keeping your cargo safe. And, if something does get stolen, advanced tracking systems can simplify the process of getting your property back.

Today’s tracking technology ensures secure logistics by delivering real-time information about the location and condition of your loads. For example, here at Mex-Cal Truckline, we use modern, 24/7 GPS tracking devices to deliver complete transparency about every shipment. Plus, our technology can deliver instant alerts regarding any deviations from the norm or anomalies in the route.

Enhance Physical Security Measures

GPS tracking technology can help you see where your loads are. However, physical security measures provide an immediate way to prevent or stop cargo theft before it happens. These security measures are especially important in areas such as yards, warehouses and other locations where shipments may stop for a period of time.

At Mex-Cal Truckline, we implement strong physical security measures across all of our C-TPAT-compliant yards, storage solutions and other locations. Here are some of the steps we take to make sure every load is inaccessible to bad actors:

  • On-Site Yard Security Guards
  • 21-Point Inspections
  • K-9 Sniffer Dogs
  • Constant Surveillance

Together, these physical security measures enhance secure logistics by introducing physical barriers to damage or theft of your valuable shipments.

Provide Comprehensive Employee Training

Security-conscious employees can do quite a bit to prevent theft or damage to cargo. By using only highly-trained individuals to manage your transportation and logistics needs, you can identify threats early, keep shipments away from potentially dangerous situations, and ensure the visibility and safety of every load.

At Mex-Cal Truckline, we leverage our 4 decades of experience to intensively train every employee on our teams. Extensive training, combined with their years of expertise, lead to teams fully equipped to take the latest security precautions, whether they are drivers transporting loads, yard workers managing the storage or movement of your cargo, or security guards in charge of inspecting and protecting your loads.

Every single person you encounter at Mex-Cal will understand and adhere to our strict security protocols, proper handling procedures, and proactive risk management strategies in order to meet your needs securely.

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Develop Emergency Response Plans

What happens if, despite your best efforts, a security problem does arise? Having robust emergency response plans in place can help you to deliver prompt and effective responses to the crisis. A proactive approach is best, meaning that your plan acts quickly to address a problem and prevent a larger issue by taking important security steps. Some of the steps to include in an emergency response plan include the following:

  • Escalation procedures
  • Alternative routing options
  • Rapid response protocols
  • And more

Our proactive approach includes defined escalation procedures, alternative routing options, and rapid response protocols to minimize disruptions and ensure the continuity of your supply chain operations.

Ensuring secure logistics starts and ends with a reliable and security-conscious transportation and logistics company. At Mex-Cal Truckline, we have the know-how and the tools necessary to ensure safety and security along every step of the supply chain. Let us meet your logistics needs – And your security needs – While delivering your loads on time, every time.

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