Improving the security of containers in port related supply chains

Johan Scholliers (Corresponding Author), Antti Permala, Sirra Toivonen, Hannu Salmela

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    An increasing part of goods are transported using containers. Containers are the most vulnerable when static, and hence ports and other terminals are key locations in insuring the integrity of containers. Container transport chain monitoring is needed both for supply chain management and security reasons. Authorities demand increased freight visibility in order to assure compliance with the regulations and to avoid import of illicit goods. The paper discusses the technological possibilities to improve the integrity of containers in port related supply chains. Possible solutions are adding monitoring equipment, such as e-seals and tracking devices, monitoring the environment using cameras, improved gate processes. The optimal use of these technologies requires sharing of information between different stakeholders. Based on the assessment of the different measures, a set of recommendations to improve container security related to the implementation of the technologies will be provided.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1374-1383
    JournalTransportation Research Procedia
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed
    Event6th European Transport Research Conference "Moving Forward: Innovative Solutions for Tomorrow's Mobility, TRA 2016 - Warsaw, Poland
    Duration: 18 Apr 201621 Apr 2016


    • cargo containers
    • supply chain security
    • port security
    • monitoring


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