High security seals for transport and border exchange

Containers and trailers involved in international goods transport are subject to strict customs regulations from HMRC and EU border control. The type of seal used will depend on whether domestic or multimodal transport is involved. Our extensive range of single use tamper evident, high-security barrier and reusable electronic security seals puts us at the cutting edge of seal innovation and technology.

With the resumption of the transportation industry amid the pandemic, cargo shipments are now at risk more than ever from hijackers and smugglers attempting to exploit the situation. The rising numbers also see growing crimes of theft and swindling of cargo shipments threatening many different industries. And so, the need for securing goods-in-transit is both a guarantee and risk-avoidance insurance.

Our transport and logistics seals are now widely used in the multimodal shipping industry, for secure air-side transport at airports and throughout the distribution and logistics industry. Let’s take a look at some of the details surrounding different methods of secure transport:

Intermodal container trucks:

When trucks are part of a multimodal transport regime, their cargo is standardized in metal containers to ensure a fast and compatible transfer between different methods of transport (sea, air, road). In these cases, the most commonly used seals are high security seals: adjustable cable-type seals or bolt-type barrier seals. These seal must be in compliance withISO/PAS 17712 and, for the United States, C-TPAT. You can see our full range of HMRC Accepted seals and the full regulation surrounding the use of high-security seals by reading HMRC Notice 205: official customs sealing and trader seals. 

International routes subject to the TIR Convention:

The TIR Convention is an international agreement regulating the transport of goods by road. Trailers affected by the TIR rules must meet all the requirements regarding the sealing of goods. The slightest indication of tampering of these customs seals can result in the truck being searched and not allowed to continue. Adherence to the regulatory requirements of shipping or manufacturing laws is mandatory. With high benchmarks of safety standards, security seals on all transported cargo are basic legal requirements. The EU Ministers of Transport have standard document providing detailed guidance on container transport security. You can find a detailed analysis and breakdown of security seals in section 2 of Container Security Measure: Analysis and Overview, beginning on page 51.

In relation to this guidance and EU regulation, we highlight two types of security seals available which meet the requirements of the TIR Convention: the Gemseal Ring Seal and our Metal Cable Seal.


Security seals for trucks moving domestics goods

Smaller vans or trucks, normally used for local goods distribution often do not need, nor have any devices designed for attaching security seals. However, if you wish to secure the cargo, a good option is to fix security labels between the rear doors. Security stickers that leave no residue have the advantage of not damaging the van’s paint. Our Non-ResidueNonresidue Security Labels Security Labels also known as Non-Transfer Security Labels can be placed on the seam of vehicle doors. This restricts entry without removing the label and activating the hidden security feature, leaving a VOID message on the label. Non-Residue Security Labels will not damage the vehicle or any paint work, as they do not leave a glue residue on the surface of the door.

Trailers and lorries, often used in national transport chains, can vary in their locking mechanisms, so the choice of security seal will depend on the type of locking mechanism at hand. The most widely used trucks for the transport of goods by road domestically are articulated trucks. These consist of a cabin to which a trailer is attached. These trailers may have many different types of security mechanisms for sealing their doors. We recommend the use of either Pull-Tight/Pull-Through or fixed length seals.

Fixed-length seals, also known as Ring Seals, form a ring and are secured through the locking mechanism. Ring seals do not pull tightly around the lock, they form a loop and can move freely to allow for inspections and show clear evidence of tampering. They can also be easily applied to trucks with trailers with tarpaulins.


High-Security Seals (International and Border Exchange):

You can view our HMRC approved Bolt Seals here:

You can view our high-security Cable Seals here:

Transport Security Seals (Domestic Transport):

You can view our Gemseals here:

You can view our full range of sizes for our Skyseals here:


JW Products have been servicing the security seal requirements of the transport, haulage and aviation industry worldwide, for over 20 years. We have built a reputation for reliability, expertise and excellence since our conception in 2000 and we are ready to help your business thrive in a post Brexit world. You can rely on our dedicated team to identify your business’s security seal requirements and offer approved solutions to meet them. We offer high security tamper proof security seals, conforming to ISO 17712:2013 and effective tamper evident seals, to help your business meet regulatory standards and protect your assets. As a trusted supplier to Government Agencies, NHS and UK Police Forces, your business can engage with JW Products with confidence.