2018 was a record year of growth for TAPA EMEA in terms of membership and the number of companies adopting its supply chain Security Standards. And, there’s much more to come for members in 2019.

It’s a new year and a time to reflect on the progress and achievements of TAPA in 2018 and to look ahead to what’s TAPA’s agenda for 2019. Time then to catch up with the Association’s regional Chairs … Vigilant invited Thorsten Neumann, Chairman of TAPA EMEA, to give us a quick summary of his highlights and objectives …



Let’s start with some numbers for the EMEA region for 2018 versus 2017…

  • Total Members = 560, a year-on-year increase of 5.3%
  • FSR certifications = 674 in 65 countries, up 9.6% 
  • TSR certifications = 162 in 27 countries, up 33.9%
  • Number of training participants = 19 training events; 225 FSR participants, 129 TSR and 9 PSR
  • Cargo crime incident intelligence = we’re just crunching the numbers before publishing our 2018 Incident Information Service (IIS) Annual Report next month… but 2018 will be the highest-ever year for recorded cargo crime in EMEA in TAPA’s 22-year history.


  • Type of incident = Theft from Vehicle continued to be the most reported type of cargo crime in our region and nearly all freight thefts involved offenders targeting delivery vehicles as opposed to facilities.
  • Type of location = Again, unchanged year-on-year, Unsecured Parking places are where drivers, trucks and their loads are most at risk – but we’re starting to address this with our new Parking Security Requirements (PSR) which is increasing the number and visibility of secure parking locations in EMEA.   
  • Type of M.O = still Intrusion, mostly involving thieves slicing open the tarpaulins of stationary trucks or forcing open their rear doors by breaking locks and seals to reach the goods inside.
  • Country with most incidents = the United Kingdom still holds the top spot for the number of cargo crimes reported to TAPA’s IIS, driven by our successful intelligence sharing partnership with UK law enforcement, and we also continue to receive regular and reliable incident data from the Dutch Police. We are working hard behind the scenes to nurture the same types of relationships with other LEAs in EMEA and in 2019 we will start to see this materialise in the form of more crime data from across our region. 
  • Highest value incident recorded = €10,123,433, a violent truck hijacking and theft of metal in Limpopo province, South Africa
  • State one new trend seen in 2018 = we are receiving an ever-growing number of reports of incidents involving Last Mile delivery vehicles, with the Tobacco industry a major target. These attacks typically occur when drivers stop to make deliveries, but we are also seeing regular crimes where vehicles stuck in slow moving traffic in major towns and cities are being targeted in full view of other motorists. 


  • Number of events = in terms of TAPA EMEA events, we held our main conferences of 2018 in Warsaw and Palma and we also held successful regional conferences in South Africa and Russia to increase awareness of the challenges facing supply chains in those countries and to promote the value of joining our Association to manage risk and prevent crimes from occurring. We also actively participated in many other events at an EU and industry level, such as the EU-funded Project CARGO and Safe & Secure Parking meetings, a supply chain security webinar hosted by the International Union of Marine Insurers (IUMI), NATO’s Civil Preparedness & Resilience Seminar, and the International Transport Forum (ITF) in Leipzig, which enabled us to exhibit alongside the German Ministry for Transport and German LKA Sachsen, and to meet with Andreas Scheuer, Germany’s Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.
  • Total number of registered delegates for all events in 2018 = 800 (Warsaw, Palma, South Africa and Russia)


Tell us some of the other actions in 2018 which will provide further benefits for TAPA members in the year ahead …

ð  We were the first industry association to be invited to participate in Project CARGO and attended the kick-off meeting with the German Police, Europol and law enforcement investigators from EU Member States. It is also gaining significant support from the German Ministry for Transport and the German Ministry for Interior

ð  The launch of all levels of our new Parking Security Requirements (PSR) and its acceptance and visibility at a European Commission level. Within weeks of the launch we’ve already had 28 parking sites join the programme in Europe and South Africa and will be adding more TAPA-approved secure parking sites every month in 2019

ð  The ‘go-live’ of our Secure Parking Online Tool (SPOT) which enables our members to plan transport routes, see the level of cargo crimes on those routes, and identify the nearest TAPA PSR secure parking sites

ð  Our participation in the EC’s ROADSEC Security Toolkit which addresses the threats of cargo crime, stowaways and terrorism on European roads

ð  TAPA EMEA’s work with The University of Applied Sciences for Public Administration in Bremen to develop a new generation of risk and security managers

ð  Our membership of the Theft Prevention in Freight Transport and Logistics Working Group in Germany with 12 other industry associations to tackle the €2.2 billion annual cost of cargo crime in Germany, where 26,000 trucks are stolen annually and thieves target a vehicle, on average, every 20 minutes

ð  Our project with the IRU Academy to deliver an excellent e-learning course to protect the personal security of drivers and their cargo loads, which is available to TAPA members at the special rate of just €24.00

ð  Our ability to attract so many leading Subject Matter Experts to our conferences in 2018 to inform our members about so many key topics, including cargo security and cyber in the new supply chain, technologies thieves are using to steal vehicles, cargo crime trends in markets such as Belgium and Spain etc.

ð  Not only the growth of our membership but the leadership shown by so many of our members. It is impossible to mention them all but two I wish to highlight are Volkswagen Group’s decision to join TAPA EMEA and to proactively increase our knowledge of the security challenges facing the automotive industry, and DHL Express’ achievement of its 300th TAPA FSR-certified facility. These two companies are a great example of the value major brands as well as security-minded SMEs place on being part of the TAPA Family  

ð  The continued coming together of the TAPA Global Family through initiatives such as our new global website and global Vigilant e-magazine

What do you consider to be the most significant achievement of 2018 = The growth we have seen in all of our TAPA Security Standards certifications.  

On a personal note, what do you consider to be your best achievement for TAPA in 2018 = Our transition work towards TAPA 2020 and the opportunity we will create with that strategy for 2019 & 2020 and to future-proof our great Association to deliver even more member value and benefits. 


  • In 2019, what are your % targets for growing:

-          Membership => 15%

-          FSR certifications => 20%

-          TSR certifications => 20%

-          PSR certification = => 50%



  • What are the top 5 priorities for EMEA in 2019 =

ð  Support the development and effectiveness of Project CARGO

ð  Increase transparency of cargo crime in all countries involved in Project CARGO

ð  The Multi-Site Certification Project & The TSR Modular Project

ð  Finalise the Supply Chain Cyber Security Standard and increase EC visibility

ð  Establish our TAPA 2020 strategy and execution plan

  • Please list 3 new initiatives for 2019 to encourage more incident reporting to TAPA’s IIS = 

ð  Partnership with German Police and the other Project CARGO members

ð  Invest and implement new Web Crawler technology

ð  Establish a pilot in APAC for active incident searching

  • What are the 3 things you most want to ask members to do in 2019 to support TAPA =   

ð  Spread awareness of the TAPA vision and mission with your partners, suppliers and law enforcement contacts. We want every member to become more active and proactive; implement the TAPA Standards, understand the importance of knowledge and data sharing, network with their industry peers and live and breathe the TAPA principles to be successful, decrease losses and mitigate the risk for your company linked to Supply Chain Resilience

ð  Tell us what TAPA EMEA can do better in the best interests of the Association and your membership