TAPA EMEA WILL INCREASE ITS FOCUS ON SOUTH AFRICA TO MAKE JOINING THE ASSOCIATION COMPELLING, PRESIDENT PROMISES

TAPA EMEA’s President & CEO, Thorsten Neumann, made front-page news as he called on Manufacturers and Logistics Service Providers in South Africa to get more engaged with the Association if they are serious about protecting their supply chains, employees and business reputations.

Talking to the leading industry publication, Freight & Trading Weekly (FTW) he said: “South Africa is one of the cargo crime hotspots of the world at the moment, yet we only have eight members (here).”

TAPA will be working hard to now get more of the 100 or so companies that attended July’s TAPA regional conference in South Africa to join the Association to benefit from its security Standards and incident intelligence – and to contribute further to TAPA’s understanding of the risks they are facing. With many new faces at this year’s conference, interest in the Association is clear growing but not at the rate it should be given the violent attacks that continue to impact the logistics industry, which claimed at least one more life in Q2 2019 when a driver was killed in a truck hijacking in Western Cape.

Delegates at the event in Gauteng province heard TAPA call for greater industry collaboration to tackle the threat of violent cargo crimes in South Africa as part of a series of presentations by expert speakers from the logistics, secure parking, risk solutions, technology and legal sectors covering the topics of:

 

·        Supply chain sustainability

·        Managing operational risk

·        Truck violence and how it can be avoided

·        Behaviour pattern recognition

·        Employee collusion in cargo losses

·        Firearm law vs. criminal law

With lots of questions from the audience, it was clear that companies are actively seeking solutions to enhance their supply chain security – and, Thorsten Neumann says, it’s now time for action.

 

“There are a lot of very professional transport and logistics service providers in South Africa which are working with a broad cross-section of manufacturers from across many industry sectors and from across the globe. We want more of them in our Association. We need to listen to our members and companies in South Africa and begin focussing on both the value of joining TAPA and the true costs for victims of cargo crime, some of which are far greater than simply a financial impact as we have seen again recently. I am sure that with more focus on South Africa in the months ahead, we can start to grow our presence in this important market and generate some momentum that makes our proposition compelling.”

He added: “South Africa is like so many other countries in EMEA in respect of the significant under-reporting of cargo crimes but the intelligence we do have provides a very clear understanding of the modus operandi used by criminals to steal products from facilities, parked trucks and while vehicles are en route. The direct and indirect losses from these attacks can be hundreds of thousands of euros per incident, not to mention threats to the safety of employees. TAPA can help to build more resilience into supply chains but the first step for companies in to get fully onboard with us.”

 

Hopefully this message is already getting through. This month, TAPA EMEA has welcomed another new member in South Africa, Spring Green Trading. More joiners are expected in the coming months.