Our latest Incident Information Service (IIS) intelligence shows more than €80 million of products have been stolen from supply chains in EMEA in the first nine months of 2019. That’s equal to €293,000 of goods being taken by cargo thieves every single day of the year.

As supply chain security professionals, we know that although these are eye-catching financial losses, they are still only a relatively small percentage of the total losses being suffered by businesses right across our region. For example, even though its study is now over a decade old, the European Parliament’s estimate that cargo crime in Europe alone costs more than €8.2 billion a year is still considered to be one of the most accurate assessments of the impact on businesses.

As we try to compete for the attention of government ministries and law enforcement agencies to get them even more engaged with tackling losses from supply chains, we have to accept that it is only factual data, intelligence and the broader impact of cargo crime that is going to move our challenges further up the policing and political agendas.

It is not that the police and politicians do not recognise the problem of cargo crime. Nor are they unsympathetic to our cause - but, they are also under pressure to always prioritise their limited time and resources to what they see are the greatest risks.

So, we need to be constantly looking for more evidence that shows the bigger impact of cargo crime. This includes how the proceeds of cargo thefts fund other forms of crime, such as organised crime groups, illegal immigration, drugs, people trafficking etc. We also need evidence to show how cargo crime impacts local and national economies and how it affects consumers. So, in addition to our constant reminders to share incident information with TAPA’s IIS team, please think about the bigger picture and whether you have any broader intelligence to help strengthen our message. Your new information may just provide the ‘door openers’ we need.               


The 2020 revisions of our Facility Security Requirements (FSR) and Trucking Security Requirements (TSR) have now been sent out to our members to review and comment on before the final versions of both Security Standards are published in January. The new Standards will then take effect on schedule on 1 July 2020.

As we have already highlighted at our conferences, in our Standards FAQs, and in individual conversations between our members and our Standards Team, our sole aim is to deliver security requirements which are fit-for-purpose and increase supply chain resilience. Most importantly of all, our new Standards are once again based on a carefully coordinated consultation process with TAPA’s global members. We have listened to your ideas and feedback and this has helped to shape the Standards which will be in force for three years from 1 July next year.

With the help of the global TAPA Family – and the outstanding support of the team responsible for revising and improving our Standards – we are confident that the 2020 versions of FSR and TSR are our best Security Standards ever. And, that is exactly how it should be; a process of continuous improvement aligned to the needs of our members and able to address the present and emerging risks to supply chain security.

Figures for the first nine months of 2019 continue to show the progress we are making. The 721 TAPA FSR certifications to the end of September are up 8.4% year-on-year, while the 174 TSR certifications in EMEA are 15.2% higher than a year ago. Demand has also soared over this period for our Parking Security Requirements, with certifications and sites joining our secure parking programme up 173.6% in a year.

With our new FSR and TSR Standards in 2020, we need to seize the opportunity to grow our certifications at an even faster pace. This is something we can all support. I believe it is also important that we consider ways to help those companies which are adopting our Security Standards to gain more benefits and exposure from their commitment to TAPA and to improving supply chain security. This is another item on my agenda for 2020.


At our conference in Dublin, we offered members the chance to support our ‘Making Global Supply Chains More Resilient’ awareness campaign by applying TAPA branded decals to their transport fleets.

This will help to promote your membership of the world’s leading Security Expert Network for everyone in the supply chain and sends a strong message to customers and prospects of your commitment to meeting the highest levels of supply chain security. It will also create more brand awareness of TAPA and support our growth ambitions.

Since Dublin, it has been my pleasure to join two of our members who have immediately stepped forward to support our campaign, notably Hammer and Franz Wirtz. Both companies are strong supporters of TAPA and were also the first to achieve TSR Level 1 certification globally, so their willingness to place our new TAPA decals on their vehicle fleets was no surprise, but greatly welcomed.

To request TAPA decals for your fleet, which are available free of charge to our members while stocks last, please contact us at info@(*** please remove ***)          


As we completed our conference wrap-up meeting in Dublin last month, our attention immediately turned to our next event in Amsterdam on 18 & 19 March 2020.

Our first event of 2020 will have a strong technology theme and we are already talking with potential speakers and panellists who can inform our audience on topics such as:

·         Blockchain

·         Artificial intelligence

·         Autonomous vehicles

·         Social media threats


We will also retain our popular CSO Panel and bring together leading security experts to discuss future risks.

As always, we are open to your suggestions for potential topics and speakers, which you can send to us at info@(*** please remove ***)


We’ll be making some changes to our conference agenda in 2020.

In Amsterdam, our conference will start at lunchtime on 18 March and our drink’s reception will take place on that evening, followed by a full-day conference on 19 March and an end-of-conference dinner. We believe these changes will enable delegates to participate in the entire event and will create more time and opportunities to network and to engage with our sponsors and exhibitors. 

We will also give you an opportunity to propose guests to join in our event – and plan to introduce a new session aimed at giving start-up companies a window of opportunity to present to us in a series of short five-minute slots.

For companies wishing to learn about sponsorship or exhibition opportunities in Amsterdam, please ask claudia.kusche@(*** please remove ***) for a copy of our new 2020 event brochure.  


In this issue, we introduce 15 new members who have joined the TAPA EMEA Family in the past month … and they are all extremely welcome.

2019 will be a record year of growth for our membership in the region. We have been joined by 65 new companies since January, all recognising the supply chain resilience benefits they can gain from our cargo crime intelligence database and industry standards for facilities, trucking and secure parking as well as training and networking opportunities. Our new members include global manufacturing brands in the pharmaceutical, food & drink, fashion & retail, and cosmetics & hygiene sectors as well as multinational and leading SME logistics providers which understand the importance of keeping their customers’ high value, theft targeted goods secure.

Most importantly, every new member brings new experiences, ideas and opportunities to ensure we keep learning, sharing and moving forward as an Association. If you want us to contact your customers, partners or suppliers about joining TAPA EMEA, please send their details to info@(*** please remove ***)         


My schedule continues to include a variety of great meetings with member companies and TAPA partners and suppliers. Since our Dublin conference, I’ve been to Newport in Wales for a face-to-face meeting with our Executive and Admin Team to discuss our strategy for 2020 and, as mentioned earlier, visited our good friends at Hammer and Franz Wirtz. I’ve also been involved in discussions with BSI linked to the future of TAPA’s global certification tool and met with law enforcement agencies. This has included a meeting with the German Ministry for Transport, the Ministry for Interior and other industry associations linked to cargo crime in Germany as well as the latest gathering of the LKA Project Cargo Team ahead of its next planned operation in Eastern Europe.

If there’s someone you’d like me to meet, who can benefit our cargo crime and supply chain resilience objectives, just let me know.