TAPA EMEA trainer Ilya Smolentsev reviews the latest support given to companies in Russia and the CIS and discusses why demand for TAPA's FSR and TSR Standards in these countries is on the increase.

According to independent research data, cargo thefts in Russia annually bring losses of more than 4.5 billion Rubles (€50 million). In contrast to the main theft methods seen across the EU, Russia differs significantly and mostly suffers from fraudulent pick-ups where organised crime groups utilise various methods including falsified documents (25%) and the Internal M.O. of drivers unloading in unauthorised locations (65%). With the current economic conditions increasing demand for lower cost back load capacity, this latter scheme, due to its complexity from a legal point of view, has become a real nightmare for local shippers and logistics providers when losses occur.


In the current world, of course, domestic supply chains in Russia are not alone in facing tremendous security challenges. Crime methods evolve very rapidly and leave little hope for the owners of products that their stolen goods will be recovered. Therefore, the value of resilient, efficient and secure supply chains has never been more obvious than today in a landscape dominated by Covid-19 restrictions.


This is leading the demand for TAPA’s Security Standards as more and more Manufacturers and Logistics Service Providers (LSPs) recognise the benefits of adopting unified, consistent and globally applicable standards as part of their corporate supply chain security policies. TAPA’s FSR and TSR are proven industry standards and far more appealing to users than the time, cost and complexity of developing stand-alone solutions, which are very often inadequate and soon out-of-date.


In September, TAPA EMEA hosted two local training courses in Russian for members which are actively developing, and need to protect, their businesses in such dynamic and challenging risk environments as Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus and Ukraine. In respect of Covid-19 restrictions, the TAPA training team and local training provider RIFT Advisory International delivered the courses through four day-long online sessions, presenting the new 2020 revisions of the FSR and TSR Standards and answering questions from the participants.


The courses welcomed local representatives of leading companies such as Philip Morris International, Samsung, SGS, Kuehne + Nagel, DHL, Ahlers, AsstrA and Merck, as well as local LSPs from the CIS region, APS Solver and Primum. With all of the participants already having a good command of the 2017 versions of the FSR/TSR requirements, most questions were related to the new 2020 provisions related to multi-site certifications of the FSR and the modular approach of TSR.


The future potential for TAPA’s security requirements to be more widely adopted in Russia and the CIS region is already very clear, particularly as the changes to the 2020 Standards bring even greater value and opportunities for efficiencies. We are also seeing more local manufacturers introduce the FSR/TSR requirements into their commercial tender procedures to select compliant and responsible LSPs.


Special thanks to our local team of trainers, consisting of Oksana Bogun, Customer Relations Director of Ahlers Russia, Vladimir Matsal, Stada Security Director, and Ilya Smolentsev, RIFT Advisory International and the support also provided by two experienced TAPA co-trainers, Andrey Matveev of Ozon and Ivan Reznik from Ahlers.


The new 2020 FSR and TSR Standards and related checklists are now available to download from the TAPA EMEA website via this link