ST. PETERSBURG CONFERENCE DISCUSSES THE CHALLENGES FACING SUPPLY CHAINS IN RUSSIA AND HOW TAPA CAN HELP COMPANIES TO MANAGE RISKS
TAPA’s first such event in Russia adopted the theme of ‘Extend the borders of your security expertise. What Europe and Russia can learn from each other’ to offer companies advice on ways to reduce their supply chain losses and to highlight the need for greater intelligence sharing to help manage the types of risks businesses are facing.
In his keynote presentation to the conference, Laurence Brown, Executive Director of TAPA EMEA, shared an update on European transport security practices and discussed the types of incidents the Association has recorded in Russia as well as cargo crime trends within Europe to demonstrate the nature of the threat. He also discussed TAPA’s Security Standards and tools, its Incident Information Service (IIS) and new Parking Security Requirements (PSR).
Delegates also heard from Natalia Volkova, Head of Marine & Cargo Insurance Center at Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty, who gave a review of cargo security in Russia from an insurer’s perspective, looking at risks and threats as well risk mitigation measures. This was followed by a panel discussion on the practical aspects of cargo security involving experts from Philip Morris, SK Allianz and Ahlers Rus as well as TAPA.
Although TAPA’s IIS has recorded only 72 cargo crimes in Russia in 2018 to date, these include a number of major incidents, notably:
The theft of 60,000 pairs of children’s shoes and a vehicle from a Services 3rd Party Facility in the Mariyno district of Moscow;
In the south east district of Moscow, Russia, an offender escaped with a truck loaded with clothing and footwear after the driver went into a motorway service area;
A loss of furniture from an Origin Facility in Obukhovo in the Moscow region of Russia on 29 October.
A high number of the incidents which are reported in Russia regularly involve Fraud and Deception, with frequent reports of goods going missing after being collected by fake carriers using false documentation, often as a result of insufficient background checks.
“We are well aware that the level of cargo crime in Russia is believed to be significantly higher than the number of incidents currently being recorded, which is why this conference was so timely. In 2019, we hope to see more incidents reported from Russia as well as more companies joining TAPA and adopting our Security Standards. During the conference, the opportunity to reduce insurance premiums by adopting TAPA Standards was discussed as well as the risk of cyberattacks and managing vulnerabilities further down the supply chain outside of Russia. We hope to further our relationship with the St. Petersburg International Business Association to increase TAPA’s presence in Russia. We also wish to thank Executive Director, Karina Khabacheva, and her team for putting together such an interesting and worthwhile event, and for attracting such a high caliber audience,” Laurence Brown said.