Trade interruption a significant supply chain risk

by MM&D Staff

Threats to supply chain security are constantly evolving, and supply chain risk management firm BSI recorded a number of important changes to the threat landscape facing supply chains around the world in 2013.

With a few notable exceptions, the countries BSI rated High or Severe for cargo theft continued to see significant losses and violent cargo theft incidents, specifically in Italy, Mexico, Russia, and South Africa. BSI also noted a number of important shifts in the tactics used to smuggle illegal drugs and other contraband via introduction into cargo shipments, as well as several entirely new global trafficking flows.

Trade interruption incidents such as strikes, protests, and adverse weather events significantly impacted regional and global trade in 2013 and exceeded a quarter trillion dollars globally. Supply chain terrorism continued to plague a number of countries, particularly Colombia, India, the Philippines, and several nations in Africa and the Middle East.

The BSI report includes a breakdown of the supply chain security situation in each region of the world, with special attention paid to threat rating changes and trends BSI Analysts observed in 2013. To access BSI’s 2013 SCREEN Global Intelligence Report, visit