On 29th August, Control Risks published an article saying that there were more than 3,600 cases of cargo theft across key European countries between January 2018 and June 2019, representing a major threat to supply chain security in the region. While cargo theft is not a new phenomenon on European roads, the number of cargo theft cases recorded across Europe and the broader Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region – as well as the cost of lost goods – have starkly increased over the past years; with many more incidents continue to go unreported. Of the reported incidents in the top 5 EU countries, the vast majority were in the UK (2,484 out of 3,513). While cargo theft can occur at any stage of the supply chain, criminal actors will continue to focus on goods in transit, with the road haulage sector more vulnerable than rail or maritime transport. the article looks at the risks, and some mitigation measures.
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