WHEN IT COMES TO BUILDING SECURE SUPPLY CHAINS IN FRANCE, WE’RE ALL SPEAKING THE SAME LANGUAGE…

Gaining a clear understanding of cargo crime trends in France has been one of TAPA EMEA’s priorities over the last couple of years because very little intelligence has been available about supply chain risks in what is one of Europe’s most important economies.

Similar to the rest of Europe, gaining traction from such a low starting point has taken time but, in the first half of 2019, the Association’s members are finally starting to see key benefits from the behind-the-scenes work being carried out by the still relatively new TAPA France working group.

For starters, incident reports for cargo crimes in France are now at an unprecedented level. In Q1 2019, it was the country with the highest number of recorded incidents in TAPA EMEA’s Incident Information Service (IIS) quarterly report – a total of 740 for the 90 day period to the end of March and a staggering 2,983.3% increase over the 24 crimes registered in the IIS database for the same period of 2018. Only 4.5% of incidents provided loss values but these still highlighted costs of millions of euros for thefts from supply chains, most regularly targeting goods onboard trucks and usually when they stopped in unsecured parking places in 12 regions of the country.

Alongside intelligence, TAPA EMEA is actively looking to promote its Security Standards to Manufacturers and Logistics Service Providers in France and, to this end, May and June has delivered significant milestones that will resonate across the global TAPA Family.

In May, the TAPA France group delivered the first-ever TAPA FSR training course using French training specialists, presentation slides and examination questions – and followed up in June with a similar local approach for companies requiring TSR training. Participants included representatives from DHL Freight and DHL Global Forwarding, Axis, Tech Data France, Nippon Express France, DQS, Geodis, Trendy Foods, and Transports DUBOC.

The events were largely made possible due to the great support of Celine Lubrano of DHL and Laurent Loche of DB Schenker, who helped deliver the French presentations, as well as other members of the TAPA France team and Amazon in Le Blanc Mesnil for hosting the trainings.

The efforts of the team were clearly very appreciated by those taking part in the FSR and TSR courses:

Sandrine Batista of DHL:

“It is the first time that I am participating at a TAPA TSR training although DHL is already TAPA certified. There is a lot of information to absorb. What I have recorded is that every procedure needs to be written. It is very important to have records in black and white. TAPA Requirements are used by international companies. We must be able to satisfy them in order to win specific clients.”

 

Marwein Bouallous of Amazon: 

“It was really interesting for me to see the different kinds of certifications, to understand some of the requirements for the transportation world, which is completely new to me. The training was globally clear.”

 

Eric Veaute of Geodis:

“After completing the TAPA FSR training in 2017, I wanted to be able to expand my knowledge on road transport security by following the dedicated training module for TAPA TSR. This enriching training, that for the first time was conducted in French, allowed me to exchange with people from various backgrounds. Above all, it helps us to understand security requirements in order to minimise the risks to which our customers' goods can be exposed during road transportation.”

For those who missed out, a further FSR training in French will take place in Le Havre on 4 & 5 December. 

Aleksandra Provost, Business Development Manager of Transports DUBOC and a member of the TAPA France working group, commented: “TAPA continues to grow rapidly in most of the EMEA countries. However, there are some places, like France, where the communication about the association needs to be boosted. It is one of the biggest European economies, and a major manufacturer of chemical products and textiles with complex supply chains. In order to mobilise local companies, the French working group took the initiative to translate all training documents and TAPA’s Security Standards into the local language. This now gives us a powerful tool that will contribute to the development of the Association in France.

“During our last meeting on 21 May, the French working group specified its short-terms goals, most notably to promote the Association among Manufacturers, Logistics Service Providers and Law Enforcement Agencies. We are currently working on promotional materials and actions to reach potential members.”

The message from TAPA France is loud and clear; for companies committed to supply chain resilience, it is worth joining TAPA! Aleksandra adds: “The Association provides Security Standards for vehicles, logistics facilities and truck parks. It organises training courses to improve understanding of its Security Requirements and brings together all stakeholders involved in the TAPA certification process and supply chain risk management. Membership also provides opportunities to interact with other members of the group: shippers, potential partners, safety and security experts, authorities, and security solution providers. These dialogues are possible, for example, at twice-yearly conferences and security workshops.” It’s a message that’s already appreciated by the TAPA Family in EMEA and is sure to gain the attention of industry as the group accelerates its national awareness campaign.


TAPA’s latest incident data for Q1 2019 demonstrates why businesses in France need more supply chain resilience solutions. In terms of the challenge and the solution to rising cargo crime, Eric Veaute of Geodis says: “For a number of years, we have been in regular contact with law enforcement. This year Geodis has signed a unique partnership with the CNSM de la gendarmerie national. This partnership allows us to make one statement: the professionalisation of malevolence in freight. Indeed, criminals are using more and more sophisticated methods based on cutting-edge technologies that were previously reserved for law enforcement. Some cities and neighbourhoods are more exposed to organised crime. The maintenance and evolution of our security measures, both on vehicles and in procedures, are a priority for Geodis in order to combat this specific malevolence.” TAPA is a key element of this response and can be effective for more companies that choose to join.

 

Thorsten Neumann, President & CEO of  TAPA EMEA, said: “The commitment of the TAPA France team is outstanding and the entire TAPA Family is benefiting from their efforts because companies all over the world which operate supply chains in France are getting more insight and intelligence on the risks they need to manage. Being part of a TAPA working group requires this level of effort and resilience because it takes times to build relationships and trust before partners, such as law enforcement agencies, feel confident enough to work with us. Our achievements in France will also help to leverage the approach we take in other countries where TAPA needs a stronger foothold and membership growth. As we have seen with the response to our latest FSR and TSR training courses, communicating with the industry in their own language is also very important, particularly when it comes to understanding the detail of our Security Standards. This is a model we will look to replicate elsewhere. I wish to thank every member of our TAPA France working group. We highly value and appreciate your time and expertise and look forward to building our biggest ever membership group in France.”