C&F Transportation Team’s Monthly Risk Engineering Bulletin

January 2024


The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) starts the year off with its Human Trafficking Awareness Initiative. The initiative started in the U.S. on January 8, 2024, and will begin in Canada February 19 – 23, 2024, and in Mexico March 11 – 15, 2024. You can anticipate roadside inspections during these specified times in the respective countries to check for additional passengers.

Studies show that an estimated 40 million men, women and children are held against their will or trafficked into forced labor or prostitution worldwide to the tune of $150 billion annually. CVSA’s Human Trafficking Prevention program seeks to reduce human trafficking throughout North America through coordinated enforcement and investigative and educational awareness measures within the commercial motor vehicle industry. Here is an informational video where you can hear from fellow drivers, representatives from anti-trafficking organizations, a special agent from the FBI and victims of human trafficking.

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Did you know there’s a discreet hand gesture someone can give to a friend, family member, member of law enforcement, colleague or stranger to let them know they need help? Watch this video that demonstrates the hand signal and how it may be used. See the image pictured to the right as well.

Join the fight against human trafficking and make a difference today! You can find more information about Truckers Against Trafficking here.

Have a question for C&F’s Risk Engineering Team? Send an email to: transportation.engineering@cfins.com


Cargo fraud and theft are on the rise! Almost 700 theft incidents were reported across the U.S. during the third quarter of 2023. This number represents a 59% increase over the same quarter in 2022, according to CargoNet.

Experts say all types of cargo fraud and theft are on the rise due, in large part, to a combination of tough economic conditions and overall supply chain vulnerabilities. Most say to be especially aware of two growing types of fraud: double brokering and cyberattacks.

Some simple steps to help prevent fraud:

  • Verify MC/USDOT
  • Utilizing technology to vet carriers and avoid public load boards
  • Build stronger relationships with brokers/carriers.

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