Rising cargo crime increases take up of TAPA security standards

TAPA EMEA standards lead, Mark Gruentjes

The growing threat of cargo crime to supply chains across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) has lead to a record take-up of the Transported Asset Protection Association’s (TAPA) supply chain security standards.

The supply chain security expert network has seen a 16.6 per cent increase in the number of Facility Security Requirements (FSR) certifications and a 41.5 per cent growth in companies with Trucking Security Requirements (TSR) certifications, bringing the total to 645 FSR locations and 126 companies meeting TSR standard.

Figures from TAPA’s Incident Information Service shows that there was a 10.3 per cent rise in recorded cargo crimes in the EMEA region and though only 58.6 per cent provided a value, the total loss exceeded €105 million, with the average loss hitting €395,586.

There were increases of 124.3 per cent in FSR in the fourth quarter of 2017 and 71.4 per cent in TSR, with increasing levels of certification in the top 10 countries with FSR certifications – the Netherlands, UK, Italy, Spain, Germany, the UAE, Turkey, France, the Czech Republic and Belgium.

TAPA EMEA standards lead, Mark Gruentjes says: “Not only are more companies recognising the value of operating TAPA-approved facilities and trucking services to combat rising crime, the increase can also be attributed to more manufacturers asking or requiring their logistics service providers to meet the requirements of TAPA Security Standards.”

In 2018, TAPA will also roll out a new Parking Security Requirements standard to help build a network of secure parking places for trucks, with 89.9 per cent of recorded losses in 2017 occurring when trucks stopped in unsecured parking locations.