Cargo mapping refers to the process of identifying the optimal route for a shipment of goods from the point of origin to the destination. It involves analyzing various factors, such as distance, transportation mode, transit time, cost, and other logistical considerations, to determine the most secure and cost-effective way to transport cargo.
Effective Cargo Mapping
Besides being a recommended security protocol for CTPAT member companies, cargo mapping can play a supporting role in supply chain security by improving visibility and identifying potential vulnerabilities. With a comprehensive cargo mapping process in place that follows and analyzes shipment behavior, companies can be proactive about mitigating risks such as:
- Cargo theft or loss
- Human trafficking
- Drug and weapons smuggling
- Counterfeiting goods
- Product diversion
- Unauthorized access to cargo
CTPAT compliance professionals should establish processes that routinely confirm that shipments are moving according to plan. Companies can leverage data to identify patterns that could indicate security risks or other inefficiencies. In this way, compliance professionals can support their organizations bottom line while also improving CTPAT MSC compliance.
One of the main challenges with cargo mapping is achieving coordination and collaboration between different parties involved in the supply chain. Cargo mapping involves obtaining information from multiple business partners and stakeholders, including shippers, carriers, logistics providers, and others, who work to ensure the efficient and safe transportation of goods.
With over 80 years in CTPAT and supply chain security management, we’re dedicated to providing solutions that facilitate effective collaboration and coordination throughout the supply chain network. We understand the challenge of establishing common incentives, sharing data, and developing compatible standardized processes.
The CT Strategies team of former CBP CTPAT Supply Chain Security Specialists (SCSS) and Directors help companies successfully navigate CBP’s CTPAT program. Using insights from over 80 years of combined CBP operational and policy knowledge, we leverage our first-hand CTPAT supply chain security experience and connections to current CBP leadership, so you can save time and money and get the most out of your CTPAT membership.