Freight News, Logistics

Surge in security certification – but there’s still work to do, says TAPA

[ April 7, 2016   //   ]

The Transported Asset Protection Association EMEA says there has been a 14% increase in logistics facilities and trucking operations achieving its security certification since it launched its ‘Step Up & Stand Out’ campaign in October.

Since then the number of certifications for its Facility Security Requirements (FSR) has risen to 463, while 72 companies in the region are now certified under its Trucking Security Requirements (TSR), a 14.2% rise.

Companies gaining their first or additional FSR and TSR certifications since the start of the campaign have included Alha-Air Lines Handling, Aramex, Bos Logistics, CEVA Logistics, DHL Express, DHL Global Forwarding, DPDgroup, DSV, Flextronics, Gebrüder Weiss, Georgi Transporte, Ingram Micro, LOG-IN, Nightline Group, Nippon Express, Panalpina, DB Schenker, TNT Express, UPS, Van der Valk Transport, Verhoeven International Transport and VVT Europa.

TAPA EMEA chairman, Thorsten Neumann, said: “This is a very positive start but it is only the beginning. The major global logistics service providers operate hundreds of locations each and we hope they will continue to grow their TAPA certification programmes at a faster rate. Our Security Standards also enable SME companies to gain certification to the same industry supply chain security standards to help them compete for contracts involving the storage and transportation of high value, theft-attractive goods.

He warned that virtually all products moving in supply chains are now at risk of theft. In its Incident Information Service (IIS) 2015 Annual Report, TAPA EMEA recorded 1,515 new cargo crimes, a five-year high, including 70 losses of over €100,000.