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My facility is already FSR Level 3 selfcertified. My client requires that I have FSR Level 1. It will be costly to upgrade our security and I don’t agree it is needed. How can TAPA help me explain this to my client?

 Selecting the appropriate security level is normally a judgement based on knowing the level of risk and putting appropriate measures in place to mitigate unacceptable threats. Self-certification offers a basic level of mitigation to low level risks. Your clients may well deem that their products are vulnerable and only want to have secure operators handle their shipments. They will often pre-select the TAPA level they feel is appropriate and make this a contractual condition. While this may seem unnecessary to some Logistics Service Providers (LSP), it provides the client with a one-size-fits-all approach to their security needs and meets their desire for common security policy. Alternatively, your client may be willing to review the goods moving through their LSP’s network and be willing to only seek higher security levels where risks and values indicate a need to protect certain types of shipments. In a world where costs often dictate the security level and not the risk to goods, this could be a practical way to demonstrate good security practice to your client that is aligned with the costs of providing security. The reality is that TAPA cannot dictate to users of its Security Standards when and when not to use them. The Standards are the scalable tools we provide to our industry to address the risks that criminals pose to supply chains.

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