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Christopher McLoughlin — Risk Manager

Chris is responsible for developing, implementing, and managing strategic programs focused on risk prevention attributable to various cargo. Cargo of specific focus includes high value, hazardous materials/dangerous goods, and other security-sensitive materials. Chris brings over 18 years of logistics industry experience. His career has included various sales and operational roles, with the last 10 years focused on cargo claims legal liability, marine and inland marine insurance, regulatory compliance, risk management consulting, and vendor relationship management. He is a graduate of the Indiana University Kelley School of Business.

Countdown to Black Friday: Are You an Easy Target for Cargo Theft?

Countdown to Black Friday: Are You an Easy Target for Cargo Theft?.Transportfolio


With Black Friday on the horizon, consumer goods of all kinds are making their way from manufacturers to distribution centers and retail locations across the country. As shoppers count down the days until they can score deals on the hottest products, cargo thieves are counting on cashing in on opportunities to swipe unattended trailers and shipments.
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4 Common Reasons Cargo Claims Are Rejected: Part 2

4 Common Reasons Cargo Claims Are Rejected

Cargo Claims

You have a plan for processing cargo claims before they happen. Here’s what you should and shouldn’t do when it’s time to file a claim.

In my previous article, I explained what is generally expected when filing a cargo claim, and what kind of documentation you may need in support. While federal regulation provides a guideline, the shipper, their customers, and their vendors should agree on how to handle claims when damage occurs. Without that kind of consistency, things can easily go wrong. » Read More

Where is Your Cargo at Risk?

Cracking down on cargo theft

Cargo theft and security are topics that keep coming up in transportation conversations. The commodities most at risk and tips to reduce your risk of theft are subjects that have already been discussed here. The recently released white paper brief, Current Cargo Theft Trends, provides information about cargo theft at a high level. Using that information and further research, we’ll take a closer look at the locations where your cargo is vulnerable to attack. » Read More

Six Ways to Prevent Cargo Theft: Part 2

Prevent Cargo Theft

Last week, I explained how cargo thieves are targeting low-value products, as opposed to the high-end goods that have been their top priority in the past. While the types of crimes may have changed, the need for countermeasures has not. There are steps you can take to shield your supply chain against theft. » Read More

A New M.O. for Cargo Crime: Part 1

Cargo theft

Cargo theft is an ever-present risk in the freight transportation business, but the nature of these crimes has changed in ways that might surprise you.

Worldwide, cargo theft losses total about $50 billion a year, according to Freightwatch International Group. The International Cargo Security Council reports a $25 billion annual cost in the U.S. alone. » Read More