Strict, strong vigilance needed to stop cargo pilferage
Cargo handling procedures at Inland Container Depot (ICD) and Container Freight Station (CFS) for SEA business are in a very sorry state. On one hand, the shippers compromise too much on packing cost and on the other hand, theft and stealing of contents f
Despite CCTV cameras and round-theclock security, pilferage is not deterred. At least four out of ten containers stuffed in ICD are reported to arrive with cartons opened and contents missing at destination ICD. “If we really cannot blame the ICD authorities for not doing sufficient to curb such pilferages, there was another report a few days in a leading newspaper that there was a proper racket running their mischievous operations en route train lines from ICD to gateway ports. As and when, a container train would stop for a technical halt, they would swing into action and unscrew the whole container door with all seals intact and make a quick attempt to grab whatever they can and then put the container doors back in original position,” pointed out GS Chawla, MD, Ocean King Shipping Services. He added,“It is high time that warehousing service providers understand that the state in which cargo arrives the destination speaks in itself for the state of the warehouse in which it had been packed. When we get imports from UK, Europe or US, cargo comes in a perfectly packed pallets and just so perfectly stacked-in order, which in no way seem to have moved either way,” he underlined. However, as in pictures attached of one of the containers that arrived at destination, it is often found that the original factory tapes have been cut open, contents removed, and cartons re-taped. “Warehousing authorities need to implement a strict and strong vigilance and completely ensure a zero tolerance zone in cargo holding areas. There should be no jaywalking, no unauthorised personnel, strict searching and full body patdowns of one and all exiting the warehouse gates,” Chawla appealed.
GS Chawla, MD, Ocean King Shipping Services