Freight Crime in South African Supply Chains

The prevalence of cargo theft incidents continues to have a material impact on stakeholders in the supply chain in South Africa. Analysis of recorded incidents, increased data sharing agreements, collaborations, and widespread dissemination of findings all serve to improve our understanding of the underlying risks. Knowledge empowers stakeholders to take action, protecting their businesses and those they represent in the supply chain, and reducing the frequency and impact that this type of crime inevitably has.

Throughout 2020, several cargo theft trends developed in South Africa. The threat and violence involved with cargo theft hijackings in South Africa are historically the primary concern for supply chains in the region. While this significant concern remains, gaining a holistic understanding of the threats and trends developing in the region provides a more comprehensive understanding of risk in the area. In addition to historical risks and trends, the first half of 2020 saw an increase in thefts from facilities and theft locations diversified between the first two quarters of 2020, reaching the Eastern Cape and Western Cape. Additionally, food and beverage and medical supplies saw an elevated risk throughout the start of 2020.

Understanding these developing risks, coupled with the continual threat of in-transit operations in the country, and how to mitigate the impacts they may have on your organisation is crucial in building a truly resilient supply chain.


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