Transguard combats air cargo theft

In order to combat air cargo theft, Transguard, a division of Emirates Group Security has developed a cargo box to combat this growing problem in the industry.

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By  Laura Barnes Published  July 3, 2005

Transguard, a division of Emirates Group Security has developed ‘Skybox’, a product that secures the transportation of valuable air cargo. The box has been developed in order to prevent air cargo crime, in particular the theft of valuable shipments like electronic items, computer peripherals and mobile telephones, which have increasingly become the target of theft. “Incidences of global air cargo theft, estimated at US $10 million annually have increased in tandem with the booming air cargo traffic, with a large proportion of thefts involving electronic cargo. Part of the reason for this is that conventional packaging for most electronic products do not offer much security against pilferage,” said Dr Abdulla Al Hashimi, senior vice president, Emirates Group Security. Designed to meet the specifications of the Euro cargo pallet, the SkyBox is made of high-density polyethylene and has adjustable dimensions. Additionally, the box has an advanced locking system designed to prevent lock picks, and its durable material withstands the harshest handling and environmental conditions, while providing secure packing for cargo. “The idea to create SkyBox stemmed from our team’s day-to-day experience in managing air cargo security. We believe it strengthens the integrity of the entire air cargo security chain, and will help reduce manpower requirements and costs,” added Al Hashimi. The SkyBox is already being used on some of the routes served by Emirates Airline, and has received strong interest from other air cargo service providers and operators.

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