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September Security Tip of the Month: Verify Driver Identity.
September 01, 2010

September 1, 2010. According to the National Cargo Security Council, cargo theft is estimated to account for up to $25 billion in direct merchandise losses each year. With the economy in its current condition, the risk of cargo/container theft is unfortunately increasing.

Seaboard Marine strongly recommends that our U.S. customers check and verify the driver picking up their cargo by physically checking the driver’s TWIC card (which is issued by the U.S. government) and port identification card (“ID Photo”) as well as, if applicable, the driver’s Seaboard Marine photo identification.

TWIC is a common identification credential for all personnel requiring unescorted access to secure areas of MTSA-regulated facilities (such as the Port of Miami). The TWIC card is a tamper-resistant credential that provides the TWIC holders name and photo as well as other embedded information.

Customers are encouraged to compare the ID photos with the driver, verifying the company name and expiration date on the ID photo. Making a photocopy of the I.D. photos and keeping the copy with your documentation regarding the load is also recommended. We also suggest that customers record the license plate number off the truck and the name of the trucking company from the doors of the truck. All commercial vehicles must be marked.

Customers registered with Seaboard Marine’s E-Service center at this website can now log-on and verify the name of the trucker which was dispatched for pick up of the loaded container.

If there is any doubt, DO NOT RELEASE the load until and unless the driver’s information has been verified through the Seaboard Marine dispatch office or E-Service center.