Theft from aircraft tops EMEA cargo crime stats for Q2

Thorsten Neumann, TAPA EMEA

The theft of cash from the hold of an aircraft was the largest single cargo crime by value recorded in the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region during the second quarter of the year.

The latest statistics from the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) show that thefts of products from supply chains in the EMEA region exceeded €55m, or more than €305,000 a day, in the first six months of 2019.

Data published today in the association’s Incident Information Service (IIS) second quarter report also confirms 2019 is already a record year for freight thefts in the EMEA, which follows four previous years of consecutive growth.

After collating intelligence on 3,981 cargo crimes in 2018, TAPA EMEA has already identified 4,198 incidents in the six months to 30 June 2019, up 5.1%.

The highest value loss in the quarter involved the theft of €10m in cash from the cargo hold of an aircraft at Tirana airport in Albania on April 9.

Thorsten Neumann, president and chief executive of TAPA EMEA, said: “While these figures should set alarm bells ringing for manufacturers and the cargo industry, they are still only a fraction of the full impact of freight losses in the region.

“Less than 30% of the losses in Q2/19 provided any financial data and, even more significantly, it is important to remember that we can only share intelligence on the thefts reported to our IIS database.”

In the April-June 2019 period, there were 24 losses with a value exceeded €100,000 and these crimes alone produced an average of €677,010. These contributed to an overall recorded loss total for the quarter of more than €21m.

In the second quarter of 2019, the top 10 countries for recorded losses – France, Germany, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Spain, Russia, South Africa, Belgium, Romania and Italy – accounted for 91.8% of all incidents added to the TAPA IIS database.

The majority of cargo losses, however, still involved thieves targeting goods onboard trucks, most notably when they were parked in unsecured or unclassified locations.


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Damian Brett

Damian Brett
I have been writing about the freight and logistics industry since 2007 when I joined International Freighting Weekly to cover the shipping sector.After a stint in PR, I have gone on to work for Containerisation International and Lloyds List - where I was editor of container shipping - before joining Air Cargo News in 2015.Contact me on [email protected]