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A new type haulage crime is on the rise in the US, with thieves buying dormant Department of Transportation haulage numbers from government websites and bidding for contracts from freight brokers with ultra-low bids. After picking up the consignment from the shipper, they simply disappear with the goods. They are tending to target goods such as foods and lower value cargoes which typically have less security than high-value shipments such as pharma and consumer electronics. This modus operandi is rapidly replacing the simple theft of parked trailers in response to the increasing use of GPS tracking devices.

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