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Alert: U.S. - Canada Trucker Protests & Border Disruptions

Location United States & Canada

Description Ongoing protests continue to disrupt business and transport between Canada and the United States, as certain roads and border crossings are expected to remain blocked into mid-February. Protest activity also continues in downtown Ottawa and will potentially move towards Queen’s Park, Toronto, where roads have already been closed due to possible demonstrations.

Protests near additional border crossings may develop in coming days and disruptions will likely continue after demonstrations halt due to the backlog of vehicles.

In the U.S., the Department of Homeland Security has warned law-enforcement agencies of the possibility of a similar trucker protest which could begin as early as February 13th and extend into March. The protest would potentially involve a cross-country caravan from California to Washington, disrupting major transportation routes.

Sensitech will monitor the developing situation in the U.S. and provide updates as needed.

Recommendation The Sensitech® Supply Chain Intelligence Center (SCIC) recommends that logistics and security professionals ensure security protocols are up-to-date and in line with industry best practices for both in-transit and warehouse operations.

The status of routes and border crossing should be confirmed in advance, planning accordingly for possible delays. Also, in order to mitigate criminal attempts to exploit cargo at rest, we suggest reconfirming delivery appointments in or around affected areas and planning for secure parking locations in the event a shipment will have to stop for an extended period of time. Communication between drivers and shippers needs to be firmly established and regularly maintained during shipments over these periods.

Covert GPS tracking and active monitoring of high-value shipments are highly recommended, as they have proven to be the most effective protocols to both mitigate in-transit theft and facilitate successful recovery of stolen product.