New entry-level security standards

January 2016 Editor's Choice, Security Services & Risk Management, Associations

The Transported Asset Protection Association’s (TAPA) new ‘STEP UP & STAND OUT’ global campaign aims to double the number of TAPA-certified warehouse facilities to over 2000 in Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific in the next three years and to make a quantum leap in the number of trucking companies operating in compliance with the Association’s security standards.

TAPA was formed in 1997 to tackle the multi-billion euro problem of cargo thefts from the supply chain. Today, it boasts over 800 member companies globally, including many of the world’s biggest manufacturers and logistics service providers as well as leading SME freight forwarding and transport operators, and other stakeholders.

Developed by supply chain security professionals

TAPA’s Facility Security Requirements (FSR) and Trucking Security Requirements (TSR) have been developed by supply chain security professionals and logistics specialists. Independently-audited, they are widely respected as the leading security standards for the movement of high value, theft targeted goods and many supplier contracts now demand compliance with TAPA Standards.

Scott Dedic, chairman of TAPA Americas, said: “Companies join TAPA because they see how our standards, training, networking and intelligence tools can further enhance their existing in-house security programmes. This campaign aims to help more of our members to gain FSR and TSR certification and to give our manufacturer members a bigger choice of suppliers to protect their products in the supply chain.”

Andre Du Venage, chairman of the South African TAPA chapter.
Andre Du Venage, chairman of the South African TAPA chapter.

Andre Du Venage, chairman of the South African TAPA chapter, says, “Each country has its unique set of challenges that probably enhance criminal activity and South Africa is no different. Within the parameters of TAPA standards it is possible to universally challenge organised criminal groups and related activities that include theft, cargo hijackings and warehouse robberies.

“Interaction with authorities is very important, but this is a typical example where countries will differ in the structure of policing and their efforts in combating serious cargo crimes. TAPA in South Africa hopes to achieve buy-in from stakeholders such as the SAPS, insurance, logistics and FMCG industries as a whole, due to TAPA’s FSR and TSR standards’ operational structures designed around curbing crime.”

New entry-level self-certification programme

The campaign includes a new self-certification programme for TAPA’s entry level FSR Class ‘C’ and TSR Level ‘3’ security standards. TAPA is providing free training for members’ in-house auditors and once this is successfully completed they can undertake their own audits to demonstrate compliance with Class ‘C’ and Level ‘3’.

“The entry level opportunity is important for a number of reasons,” adds Dedic. “It introduces companies to the TAPA standards in a low cost, manageable way and once they prove their compliance, it results in reputational benefits and new business potential. For many of our manufacturer members this level of supply chain security would be sufficient for a high percentage of their requirements. One of the main drivers for this campaign is that we believe the majority of TAPA members may already be at, or close to, this level of certification but have yet to complete the audit process. Through this initiative, we will help them to take this important step forward.”

Greater awareness for manufacturers of TAPA-certified suppliers

The certification campaign also aims to build greater awareness for TAPA’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), added: “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 1000th 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 is much safer for the companies using it.”

Tony Lugg, chairman of TAPA APAC (Asia Pacific), noted: “The incidents and losses captured by our IIS intelligence tool are for industry-wide cargo crimes and not only for TAPA members. Our research tells us that TAPA members are far less likely to be victims of cargo crime because of the measures they have introduced. Nonetheless, there is absolutely no room for complacency. Cargo crime is growing massively all over the world and remains significantly under-reported. Companies also need to understand that it is not just high value goods that are being targeted by organised criminal gangs but just about every kind of product that has a resale value on the black market.”

For more information, contact Andre Du Venage, TAPA SA, +27 (0)11 391 6268,


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