A high-risk transporter, also called a high-risk courier, is commissioned by an individual, or by a company, to take an extremely valuable or irreplaceable object from one location to another, whether in state, in country, or to another country entirely. (Another usage of the term high-risk transporter is for those individuals who transport criminals from one location to another – therefore the term courier is probably a better use.)
When transporting a fragile object, the client will typically have a custom-made case for that object which is used. However, if the client is without such a case, the high-risk courier has a supply of such cases, in a variety of sizes, which can be filled with made-to-order insulation to ensure that the object rests within the case safely and securely.
High-risk couriers are typically part of a larger firm that engages in security and risk management. Not only do they provide courier services, but also property and asset protection, personal and event security, and security for business sites.
Businesses which use high-risk couriers will typically send these individuals to training classes where they will learn all aspects of the craft – for it is a craft. High-risk couriers maintain a low profile while being aware of their surroundings at all times. For the most valuable of objects, there may be more than one courier involved, to ensure absolute safety for the object.
High-risk couriers should also be able to speak several languages, so that they may be at home in any country in which they find themselves. They must also know the culture and mores of the countries that they visit, in order to keep that low profile.
When choosing a high risk transporter company to safely transport high-risk valuables, the client must do his or her research thoroughly. High Risk Courier Services Companies that do not have several years of experience should not be considered. Companies must also be fully insured and bonded to ensure that they have the professionalism required to care for the most valuable of objects, and that their own employees can be completely trusted.
When commissioning a high-risk courier, it is the responsibility of the client to inform the courier’s superiors exactly what is being carried, how intrinsically hazardous it is (if it is hazardous) and any particular care that needs to be taken with the property. The courier, then, is fully able to discharge his or her duties in a professional manner.