The moderating role of transport chain location in cargo theft risk

Daniel Ekwall, Björn Lantz

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Purpose–The purpose of this paper is to explore cargo theft risk and security for different product types atdifferent locations along a transport chain.

Design/methodology/approach–This study is based on a system-theoretical approach. The researchmethod is deductive, as the analysis is based on secondary data and results from a questionnaire. The resultsare analysed based on supply chain risk management (SCRM) theories.

Findings–Due to substantial interaction effects, the type of product and transport chain location must beconsidered to determine the correct level of security. Specifically, the product type is more significant, sincethe general cargo theft risk is higher. Furthermore, the transport industry has three perspectives on securityresponses to cargo theft, namely, demanded, needed and actual security, which differ depending on theproduct type and transport chain location.

Research limitations/implications–This database is structured according to the global TransportedAsset Protection Association organisational structure, which implies that there are three main databases:Europe, Middle East and Africa, Americas, and Asia-Pacific.

Practical implications–This study has both research and practicalimplications, as it examines securitywithin freight transport from three perspectives,linked to general cargo theft risk and goods owners’requirements.

Originality/value–This study addresses the contemporary SCRM problem of cargo theft using actualcrime statistics and the industry understanding of required generic security levels.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalThe TQM Journal
Publication statusPublished - 05.09.2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • 512 Business and Management
  • Cargo theft
  • Supply chain risk
  • Product type
  • Supply chain security
  • Transport chain location


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