TAPA aim to halt rising cargo crime

GOVERNMENT officials, manufacturers, law enforcement agencies and transport and logistics providers are meeting in Amsterdam on 15 September, 2008, to develop a strategy to fight rising cargo crime in The Netherlands that currently results in annual losses in excess of €330 million.

The Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA), organisers of the event, say the manufacturers of high value, high risk products may be forced to alter their supply chains to avoid The Netherlands unless the trend of rising crime is reversed.

David Reid, acting chairman of TAPA EMEA, said: “We urgently need to debate the increasingly costly and violent impact of cargo crime through The Netherlands, one of Europe’s major gateways. This is part of TAPA’s commitment to create a secure supply chain where incidents of crime are constantly reducing and organised criminals are brought to justice. Many major companies in this market have already agreed to participate in this meeting and we are keen to attract more if they feel they can make a constructive contribution to the debate.”

With annual supply chain losses of €8.5 billion across Europe, the conference at The Schiphol Auditorium in Amsterdam, aims to identify practical ways to safeguard The Netherland’s position as a primary distribution centre for high value cargo.

Chaired by Mark Bradley, global operations director TNT Express, the conference will include a panel discussion aimed at formulating the best ways to improve prevention and crime-fighting.

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