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TAPA launches toughest-ever security standards

[ February 14, 2020   //   ]

The Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) has launched what it describes as the most comprehensive industry security standards in its 23-year history to help protect operations from escalating cargo crime.

The 2020 revisions of the Association’s Facility Security Requirements (FSR) and Trucking Security Requirements (TSR) – which take effect on 1 July 2020 and are valid for three years – aim to give TAPA’s Manufacturer and Logistics Service Provider members minimum standards to protect theft-targeted goods. The global security requirements have been revised in consultation with TAPA’s international members to address new and emerging threats – such as the significant growth in attacks on last mile deliveries.

As before, the new TAPA Standards will also support users’ compliance with other regulatory standards, such as C-TPAT, AEO and PIP, as some customs and border authorities recognize the TAPA requirements as complementing, or being compliant with, their own security programs.

TAPA’s FSR also includes an Independent Audit Body (IAB) multi-site certification option for the first time. This is designed to identify and promote operational efficiencies between sites so best practices can be shared and to support a ‘team’ approach to obtaining and maintaining compliance with the TAPA Standard for security control and risk mitigation. A multi-site approach to FSR certification will also help to lower costs for companies adopting the Standard across their networks.

As well as the TAPA FSR 2020 Standard, the Association has also produced a new Framework document to assist users and auditors in their understanding of the different certification methods available.

The updated TSR (truck security) Standard has been revised to enable four different types of transport vehicles – vans, hard-sided trailer, soft-sided trailer and ocean container by road – to be certified to suit operational needs. TAPA has also introduced optional additions for operators covering monitoring, rail transfer/tracking, locking, information security, and security escorts.

Chair of TAPA’s worldwide change control board, Paul Linders (pictured), said: “We are seeing record growth in the number of TAPA Security Standards certifications all over the world. This is not only due to the efficiencies in using an industry standardized solution for security measures, but also the need to address the increasing threat of cargo theft and the severe implications this has for victims.

“Supply chains are often seen as an easy target by both organized crime groups and opportunist criminals. The success of our Security Standards in reducing cargo losses is down to one very important fact; they have been created by the industry, for the industry and are delivered by TAPA, the world’s leading security expert network for everyone in the supply chain.