Section B – Security guidance for the truck drivers | Chapter 3


The areas around the origin site and pickup location can often be an area of vulnerability. You should consider the following security recommendations at the pickup point to reduce the risk of interference with your cargo while it is in transit:

Secure the cabin and remove the keys from the ignition.

  • Consider also turning off the engine during the loading.

Oversee loading to ensure that cargo is not missing or damaged and that there are no suspicious onlookers.

  • Check that cargo matches transport documents (type, quantity and possibly weight).
  • Inform your back office about any deviations or irregularities.
  • Observe for suspicious onlookers watching the loading.
  • Ensure that no unauthorized individuals enter your vehicle.
  • Report any suspicious activity to the back office.
  • Note: ”Oversee loading” does not apply when picking up preloaded semitrailers or when overseeing is not allowed by the shipper / customer.

Check that correct security seal numbers are written on the transportation documents.

  • In case written numbers are illegible on the documentation, contact the back office.

Check padlocks, seals, TIR cords and canvas for damage, right after loading.

  • Physically check that padlocks are locked, seals are secure on doors, TIR cords are operational, and the canvas is undamaged.

Check that your navigation system finds the delivery address and make sure that you have the shippers and receivers phone numbers.

  • Prior to departing the pick-up location ensure that the delivery address is fully confirmed.

Be particularly vigilant when leaving the pickup point as cargo thieves may try to follow you and target your load.

  • Cargo thieves may try to attach a tracker on your truck as part of their effort to track your journey.
  • If you believe you are being followed, keep driving, inform the back office, call the police, and try to get to a secure place.