The Impact of Public Policy on Cargo Security

  • An increase in the insecurity level in the transportation sector has resulted in different reforms on the part of private and public institutions to curb the problem at hand. Specifically, the government has established public policies geared towards influencing the security of cargo. Over the past decades, instances of theft, damages, and loss has been reported in different terminals making the public take responsibility on the security level. Public policies focus majorly on limiting access to a terminal and screening workers and cargo to ensure safety during transit. Most importantly, without doubt, such initiatives impact the security level of consignment considerably. Therefore, this paper will analyze the effect of public policy on cargo security.

    As part of the public policy aimed to ensure the safety of cargo, screening workers is considered influential. The verification of employees’ credentials in a transportation organization involves an evaluation of authorized persons in charge of freight package, security in transit, and during delivery. This act ensures that ill-intentioned individuals who may compromise the security level of cargo do not work in the transportation sector. Therefore, this policy ensures that cargo is handled by right people, reducing insecurity.

    Moreover, the policy of the government to restrict load terminals is associated with a positive impact when it comes to the security of goods. The entrance of the public to cargo terminals is highly controlled, and only authorized individuals are allowed. It is known that most security breach cases are caused by terrorists, whose main aim is damage or steal. Therefore, this restriction is posed on the public, particularly people suspected of damage. AS a result, the latter will have no opportunity to do any harm to goods in transit. The results are that cargo will be more secured.

    Furthermore, as one of the rules to enhance the safety of cargo, the freight access restriction is seen to impact the transport sector sufficiently. Specifically, tracks can be prohibited from following some tunnels that have been identified as ones controlled by terrorists or having some security breaches. For example, the Colombians deployed the restriction of hazmat shipment via the city center, and the New York City banned trucks from following some of the city tunnels. Therefore, these regulations ensure high security of cargo.

    Similarly, some policies require the screening of freight carried on passenger planes. The main reason is that it is perceived that terrorists can use cargo to hide weapons that may destroy other loads or even passengers. On the other hand, drug cartels can use it to transport drugs infringing the security level of the entire plane at the terminal. Similarly, the wrong identity of freight by appearance may violate security since the content can be destructive to the whole plane. Therefore, screening cargo is critical in upholding the safety level before a flight.

    Therefore, public security policies initiated by the government have a significant impact on the security of shipments. They allow smooth business operations since goods will reach the destination as expected. Besides, security ensures the ethical performance of transportation companies and upholds trust among customers. As much as it can be provided to cargo, it also takes care of passengers who are traveling with the goods. Most importantly, the government should ensure that these policies are implemented and followed strictly. The reason is that some cases of cargo theft and destruction have been reported despite these regulations being in operation.