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TAPA issues new facilities and trucking security standards

The Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) has launched the most comprehensive supply chain security standards for facilities and trucking in its 17-year history to combat increasingly sophisticated thefts by organised criminal gangs across the globe and to prevent substantial losses being incurred by global manufacturers and logistics service providers.

The new 2014 versions of the Association s Facility Security Requirements (FSR) and Trucking Security Requirements (TSR) are the result of a year-long review process involving TAPA members worldwide. The revised procedures and processes further enhance what are widely regarded as some of the most robust security standards available for the prevention of cargo crime.

TAPA s security standards are the main reason why major manufacturers of high value products and their logistics service providers across the globe join the Association. The standards are very often written into contracts as best practice for supply chain resilience.

Cargo crime is no longer petty, opportunist theft carried out by individuals. Today it is co-ordinated by organised international gangs whose attacks often involve violent and armed hijackings of vehicles, facilities and employees as well as fraudulent pick-ups, fake police stops, bogus personnel, slashing open trailer curtains, and attacks on moving vehicles.

Paul Linders, who leads TAPA s global standards committee, said: Organised gangs of criminals around the world are becoming more sophisticated and daring in their attempts to steal products during the logistics process and that s why we regularly review and often upgrade the standards. Cargo crime as a whole is increasing and one of the biggest challenges we face is getting businesses and law enforcement agencies to report loss data to help us understand the true scale of the problem and to provide intelligence that helps companies plan their supply chains using the latest market information. At TAPA, our analysis tells us that losses suffered by our members are three times lower than the industry average, although that leaves absolutely no room for complacency.The cost of a single loss can be between 4-11 times its original value, hence the TAPA standards can significantly contribute to measurable supply chain risk management.

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