MOVING SUPPLY CHAIN SECURITY IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

TAPA looks to the future to provide the supply chain industry with resilient ‘fit for purpose’ and ‘affordable’ industry Security Standards to minimise risks to high value, theft targeted cargo.

At TAPA’s Berlin conference last month, the TAPA EMA Standards Team and TAPA Americas provided a series of updates on the future TAPA Security Standards, explaining the Association’s latest ideas and initiatives to provide the supply chain industry with resilient ‘fit for purpose’ and ‘affordable’ industry standards to minimise risks to high value, theft targeted cargo. 

Mark Gruentjes, TAPA EMEA Standards Lead explained the history and evolution of the Standards and their importance to Manufacturers and Logistics Service Providers (LSP), and his comments were echoed by Nike’s Luc Van Herck, a member of the TAPA EMEA Board, who outlined his reasons for promoting the use of TAPA’s Standards in the Nike supply chain.

Luc stated: “TAPA Security Standards provide industry-recognised baseline security measures that we require our suppliers to follow”, adding “partnerships with other associations and regulatory bodies are the way forward in the fight against cargo crime. The TAPA Standards are, and will remain, the backbone of what TAPA provides to its members”.

In the panel discussions during the Standards conference sessions, speakers also made references to how using the Standards has helped to reduce cargo losses by more than 40%.

Paul Linders, TAPA Lead for the World Wide Change Control Board, updated delegates on the  current projects TAPA is working on in readiness for a 1 July 2020 launch date of the next revision of the Facility Security Requirements (FSR) and Trucking Security Requirements (TSR), which involves the global engagement of teams from TAPA’s Americas, APAC and EMEA regions.

He confirmed that the updated 2020 version of the TAPA Facility Security Requirements will include a new option to certify multiple sites under a single certification system. The TAPA Trucking Security Requirements will also be revised to offer a new modular format to allow different types of cargo transport to be assessed and certified based on the mode of transport. The addition of vans, fixed body and sea containers security options are seen as positive developments which will help to promote a higher take-up on TSR certification and enable the TAPA Standard to protect more cargo than ever before. “The threat to the supply chain industry continues to evolve and we must adapt our Standards to meet the challenge from criminals who seek to profit from vulnerabilities in the storage and movement of cargo,” Paul said. 

The audience in Berlin also heard an update on TAPA’s EMEA’s new Parking Security Requirements (PSR) by George Wiessing, Acting Parking Security Lead. George reminded the conference that the lack of available safe truck parking and the year-on-year increase in cargo losses from trucks parked in unsecured parking locations was a situation that TAPA had no option but to get involved in. The development of PSR and the Standard’s launch in late 2018 has already gained tremendous interest from the industry and Parking Place Operators, with 37 sites now listed in the Association’s secure parking database – a figure expected to rise to more than 60 in the coming months. George also highlighted TAPA’s active role in the European Commission’s safe and secure parking project. The longer-term goal will be to achieve alignment of TAPA’s Parking Security Requirements with the EU parking requirements so the industry can move forward with a single standard to use. In the meantime, TAPA is proactively rolling out PSR to PPOs across the EMEA region to achieve as many parking certifications as possible.

The growing interest in TAPA’s PSR is also being supported by the Association’s development of an online mapping tool to allow truck operators to view secure parking locations and historic incident data alongside proposed routing options. George encourage all members to visit the TAPA EMEA website to learn more about PSR and to watch the new explainer video which demonstrates how to use the new mapping tool. 

Looking at TAPA Standards in development, Allen Gear, Vice Chair of TAPA Americas, provided an update on the new project to create a cyber threat security standard for the supply chain industry. With the increasing use of technology to improve the efficiency of supply chains, Allen explained the thinking behind this latest TAPA initiative is to develop a cyber security standard to enhance, but not to replace, the existing cyber security threat best practices which have already been adopted by TAPA members. This project is being progressed by a large group of TAPA members representing many influential technology and logistics companies and further updates will be provided as the draft Standard is fine-tuned and certification options are determined.

In summary, Mark Gruentjes paid tribute to the volunteers from the TAPA membership for the active role they playing to take the TAPA Standards ‘in the right direction’. Their workload in 2019 and 2020 will be greater than ever before, he said, stating: “As we maintain and continue to develop our growing portfolio of TAPA Security Standards, we thank those members who give up their own time to contribute to these projects as well as the audit bodies who deliver our certification programmes to our end users.”