TAPA augments trucking security standards

18 / 06 / 2014

  • TAPA says organised criminal gangs are targeting the trucking process

    TAPA says organised criminal gangs are targeting the trucking process

THE Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) has issued revised supply chain security standards for facilities and trucking in order to combat increasingly sophisticated thefts by organised criminal gangs.

The new 2014 versions of the Association’s Facility Security Requirements (FSR) and Trucking Security Requirements (TSR) are the result of a year-long review involving TAPA members worldwide.

Paul Linders, who leads TAPA’s global standards committee, says: “Organised gangs of criminals around the world are becoming more sophisticated and daring in their attempts to steal products during the logistics process and that’s why we regularly review and often upgrade the standards.

"Cargo crime as a whole is increasing and one of the biggest challenges we face is getting businesses and law enforcement agencies to report loss data to help us understand the true scale of the problem and to provide intelligence that helps companies plan their supply chains using the latest market information."

TAPA says that losses to its 800 shipper and logistics provider members are three times lower than the industry average, and that the cost of a single loss can be between 4-11 times its original value.

TAPA launched its first FSR standard in 2001 to protect warehouse operations, and responded to theshift toward road-based crime with the introduction of the new TSR standard in 2005.

In 2012, the association increased its coverage of the supply chain with its first TAPA Air Cargo Security Standards.

TAPA members can download the new standards from the association's password-protected websites for the EMEA, Americas and APAC regions.