On Friday, February 17th a Carrier was caught red-handed attempting to "Double Dip" on cargo by putting two dedicated shipments in one trailer. A Shipper booked a dedicated trailer for their cargo to transit across the US. The cargo did not fill the trailer and the Carrier, despite knowing that the Shipper had paid for a dedicated trailer to be treated as an FTL shipment, decided to try and use the extra space by booking more cargo.
The shipment departed from the East Coast and was transiting across I-80 to the West Coast. In a Midwest state, the Carrier had booked additional cargo to fill the remaining space in the trailer. What they didn't know was the original Shipper had embedded an ST-Solo in the shipment. The ST-Solo is a single use GPS tracking device and process that provides location, motion, light and temperature. Once the Carrier opened the trailer doors an alert was sent to the Shipper and the ShadowTrack 24/7 Command Center. Their was an immediate escalation process that led to the discovery that the Carrier was trying to load additional cargo into the trailer. The Broker for the original Shipper and the attempted Shipper had both paid for dedicated trailers going to the same West Coast city. The Carrier and Driver was attempting to fraud the Shippers and Brokers.
What makes this situation worse was that it was not a case of the Carrier having to use a trailer at the last moment due to an issue, which is what they claimed to the attempted Shipper. This was a purposeful act of fraud and the images for this article should be shown to everyone who works in the shipping department.
The original Shipper placed a cable seal through the locking hasp of the trailer. If you look closely at that locking hasp, it is clean, unlike the one on the left side of the trailer. Also, you will notice that the rivet was removed and replaced with an allen-wrench headed bolt. The locking hasp was removed so the seal remained in tact and the cargo could be loaded onto the trailer without the original Shipper being aware of the fraudulent activity. Also, if you look at the other rivets for the trailer bar, they too have been removed and replaced with torx-tip headed bolts. This is so a cable placed around the bars and locked can also be removed without opening the seal.
We will never know how many times the Carrier had gotten away with this fraudulent activity. We also don't know if the Carrier ever used this process to remove cargo from the back of the trailer. We do know that if you do not protect your cargo with a GPS embedded tracking device that provides sensors such as light, you could be a victim of fraud or cargo theft and you're not even aware of what the Carriers are doing with your cargo once it departs your facility.
This Shipper will tell you that the ST-Solo was the best $35 they ever spent to secure a shipment. However, taking the time to inspect a trailer for suspicious items like these prior to sealing the doors costs nothing and could also help avoid being a victim.