Container Truck Security Seal

This container seal was cut off on the loading dock of an apparel company in Los Angeles around 1999. Theft has always been a problem on ships and the docks, Containerization has not only lowered the cost of shipping, it has also lowered costs from damage and theft. A simple plastic wrapped metal seal like this is put on when the container is loaded in the factory. The container is then kept closed until it is delivered where the seal is cut off. Fast, secure, and inexpensive containerized shipping made global production easier.
Object Name
security seal
Physical Description
steel (overall material)
green (overall color)
plastic (overall material)
overall: 3 1/8 in x 3/4 in; 7.9375 cm x 1.905 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
serial number
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Work and Industry: Production and Manufacturing
Industry & Manufacturing
American Enterprise
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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