There are now more TAPA Facility Security Requirements (FSR) and Trucking Security Requirements (TSR) certifications in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region than at any time in the Association’s 22-year history as more companies recognise their valuable contribution to risk management and supply chain resilience.

By the end of Q1 2019, the total number of FSR certified facilities in EMEA had risen to 697, a 9% increase year-on-year. These can be found in 65 countries across the region, led by:

·         United Kingdom – 95 FSR certified facilities

·         Netherlands – 90

·         Germany – 55

·         Spain - 45

·         Italy – 42

·         Sweden – 29

·         United Arab Emirates – 29

·         Czech Republic - 21

·         Turkey – 20

·         France – 19

·         South Africa – 19

South Africa heads a list of 17 countries in Africa where there are now FSR-certified locations.

TAPA has also seen an acceleration in the number of companies adopting its TSR Security Standard as more Manufacturers and Logistics Service Providers increase their efforts to protect goods in transit. This reflects the significant rise in criminal attacks on trucks in 2018 reported in TAPA EMEA’s Incident Information Service (IIS) Annual Report. The top three types of incidents in this period saw:

·         3,004 Theft from Vehicle crimes – up 42.1% vs. 2017

·         419 cases of Theft from Trailer – up 175.6% year-on-year

·         141 Theft of Vehicle incidents – up 42.4%

Overall, TAPA TSR certifications climbed 32% year-on-year to 169 across 28 countries in EMEA, with most – 49 in total – in the Netherlands. Other countries with 10 or more certifications at the end of Q1 2019 were Italy with 17, Germany with 11, and Romania with 10. In the United Kingdom, which recorded the highest number of cargo crimes in the IIS database last year, there are currently only nine companies with TSR-certified operations.

TAPA’s new Parking Security Requirements (PSR) is also experiencing strong growth and had registered a total of 32 declarations/certifications by the end of March, a figure which has since risen to 37. Growing awareness of the new Security Standard in the Parking Place Operator (PPO) community – alongside the proactive Secure Parking communications and support programme being driven by the Association – contributed to the 68.4% rise in declarations/certifications by the end of the quarter.  

“Every TAPA Security Standard has been created by the industry, for the industry and this is why they have earned the respect of supply chain security experts. The year-on-year growth of FSR, TSR and PSR is also down to the great support and hard work of our Standards and Training teams, who are continuously working with our members to help with their individual certification programmes. We want to do even more. We are delighted to see demand for our Security Standards increasing but there is clearly still so much potential for more companies to achieve TAPA certifications to enhance their supply chain security offering to existing and new customers. This will remain our key focus,” said Thorsten Neumann, Chairman of TAPA EMEA.