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I know some Logistics Service Providers who have an agreement with their customers that they must be TAPA compliant. What does this mean? Is it a benefit option?

What does this mean? Customers requiring TAPA compliance normally have an agreement with a Logistics Service Provider. The reason for this type of arrangement is often given as it saves costs. This practice is not endorsed or advised by TAPA and it can give false assurances as to the security measures that should be in place. What TAPA compliance often means is that Logistics Service Providers will be expected to implement the TAPA requirements, but they will not have been audited by a TAPA-approved Independent Audit Body (IAB) to validate their conformance to the TAPA Standards. Holding a valid TAPA certificate is the answer to proving a supplier’s TAPA conformance status. If things go wrong, a customer who has signed a deal with a TAPA compliant supplier is basically on their own as it is almost certain there will be many non-conformances. It’s like driving a car without a licence, you only know there may be a problem after an accident has happened. Is it a benefit option? TAPA compliance has no tangible benefits because it’s not a sustainable model. The current security measures may or may not be in place and TAPA or its Authorised IABs have no role in the quality or support of ongoing conformance.


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