In Brazil, all chronic problems culminate in the increase in the price of goods and, consequently, in the impoverishment of the population. As if the almost one billion liters of diesel wasted due to the bad conditions of our roads weren’t enough, the high rate of cargo theft also makes transport in the country more expensive. More than 60% of carriers report having been victims of crime.

The data is from a survey by the National Transport Confederation on the business profile of carriers in the country. 62.5% of the companies interviewed reported that their vehicles had already been the target of cargo theft. To prevent crime, 74.8% of companies take out insurance for their entire fleet. The South and Southeast regions were identified as those with the highest number of occurrences.

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Another survey, this time by the National Association of Cargo Transport and Logistics (NTC&LogĂ­stica), points out that cargo thefts increased by 1.7% in the country in 2021. It was the first increase since 2017. In total, the financial loss reaches to R$ 1.27 billion. Who pays the bill, naturally, is the final consumer, not only for the losses, but for the extra security systems that the carriers are obliged to implement.

According to the president of the CNT, Vander Costa, insecurity on the roads is one more item to give breath to Brazilian inflation. “The high number of occurrences of cargo theft exposes the carrier to a risky situation. The resulting damage tends to make the service offered and the final price of the transported products more expensive, ultimately burdening the consumer,” he says.

In addition to these obstacles that burden the transporter, the entrepreneur identified other items of great importance in relation to their operating costs: the majority (81.5%) attributed the greatest impact on company spending to fuel, followed by labor (11, 2% of respondents).

The price of diesel was cited by 82.3% of respondents as one of the biggest difficulties faced by the sector. With regard to claims, 47% of entrepreneurs stated that their vehicles were involved in an accident in the last 12 months.

All right to go wrong

As usual, on Brazilian roads, one problem leads to the other. To give you an idea, most of our highways do not have public rest areas for truck drivers with 24-hour security.

This is just one of the problems with our roads, but it already generates, at least, two other very serious issues: first, the truck driver’s rest is discouraged, inflating the data on accidents. Looking at it from another point of view, many stops are marginalized, without security and necessary structure, making the crime of cargo theft easier.

The poor condition of the asphalt itself, which forces vehicles to drastically reduce speed, also facilitate crime. Not to mention the wear and tear of the vehicle, which generate more expenses passed on to the consumer and more risk of accident. It is the underdevelopment snowball that transforms Brazil into a country with increasingly complex problems to be solved.

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