What is a security Seal?
It is a unique and unrepeatable safety device used to protect and control the management of any type of goods or products during receipt or transport; it also serves to demonstrate fully and clearly any violation or attempted opening of said device.
They have a printed consecutive number to track, control, transport and/or storage products and merchandise.
Security seals can be classified according to their level of safety, material strength and durability.
How can Security Seal be classified?
Security seals can be classified as High Security, Low Security and Indicative.
Within the High Security group we can find bolt seals, cable seals and barrier seals.
The bolt seals are manufactured with steel and covered by ABS plastic. They are ISO 17712: 2013certified and approved by the C-TPAT program.
Cable Security seals have either aluminum, steel or a lead body. Particularly steel wire has the advantage of being manufactured in different widths and lengths depending on the application. Under some specific needs a plastic coating for highly corrosive environments can be used.
The barrier seal is the most resistant and reliable seal on the Market. Its application is recommend in cargo, sea and air containers. It is ISO / PAS 17712 certified and approved by the C-TPAT program.
Low Security seals are used in various modes, for instance: freight and luggage. Despite being manufactured by a tough aluminum alloy, they have the characteristic of being flexible with a concealed locking mechanism that is distinct from the indicative seals, these seals also known as tinplate seals.
Within the indicative group we have the plastic security seals and meter seals just to mention a few.
Plastic seals are made polypropylene and nylon, which makes the production of a variety of models possible, and also have consecutive numbering that provides control and identification.
Meter seals are made with plastic and thin steel cable. It is common to see its application in water, electricity and gas meters.
Why use certified security seals?
World Customs are focusing to develop safety standards for the logistics chain in order to reduce the risk in foreign trade by facilitating better control and international trade flow.
Any cargo that arrives at a U.S.A port must come with a ISO 17712 and C-TPAT compliant security seal , this includes all containers and trail cars.
Custom and Border Protection-CBP strongly supports this initiative, and continues to seek opportunities to improve the supply chain, increasing security efforts, encouraging their use by exporters to the USA that are C-TPAT certified, in order to help the authorities to fight a series of crimes and security issues.
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