Cargo is most vulnerable to theft when hauled by a truck, according to Tony Pelli, supply chain risk consultant at London-based BSI Group, who spoke with Supply Chain Dive last year.
"With air freight, it’s in the air; at sea, it’s hard to get to and piracy is not as common," Pelli said. "But with a truck ... it’s a 5 or 6-day journey with lots of stops and rest areas."
Technology has made it easier to track shipments. RFID can identify missing goods, and GPS can help track shipments in real time. But some savvy criminals have also started using high tech solutions including GPS jamming technology to keep cargo from being tracked.