TAPA campaign aims to tackle rising cargo crime

The Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) has launched a global campaign to double the number of TAPA-certified warehouse facilities to over 2,000 in Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific during the next three years.

TAPA also wants to make what it describes as a ‘quantum leap’ in the number of trucking companies operating in compliance with the Association’s Security Standards.

The certification campaign aims to build greater awareness for the Association’s manufacturing members of the freight, logistics and transport companies that provide TAPA-certified facilities and trucking operations.

This will include a new quarterly ‘Certification Bulletin’, profiles in the Association’s membership magazine and promotion through a new annual Directory of TAPA Certified Companies.

TAPA is also looking to develop a new online tool that will enable manufacturers to ask if their transport and logistics service providers are TAPA certified.

Thorsten Neumann, Chairman of TAPA EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa), said: “The TAPA members that are certified at the top levels of our Security Standards already understand the benefits because of the level and quality of business they get by being TAPA certified.

“However, the threat of cargo crime is increasing and that is why we need a bigger choice of services from companies that have demonstrated their commitment to a secure supply chain by adopting our Standards.  Having recently certified our 1,000th global FSR facility, we see the need to double this figure over the next three years.

“In addition, the high volume of road-based cargo crime means there is a big window of opportunity for transport companies to increase their levels of business by completing our TSR certification.  We have set an ambitious growth target but every new certification makes a supply chain that much safer for the companies using it.”

TAPA EMEA’s Incident Information Service (IIS) recorded 1,102 cargo crime incidents in 2014.  Only 33 per cent of these thefts from the supply chain reported a loss figure but the total value of these crimes alone was nearly €75 million, producing an average loss per incident of €205,624.

Data for the first half of 2015 rose 24% year-on-year, with incidents recorded in 19 countries in the region and average losses per crime of €149,635.