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I’m concerned that my existing TSR 1 2017 certification may not pass the TSR 1 2020 certification requirements on some of the technical requirements. For example: TSR 1 2020 requires: A tracking device must be installed on the trailer/container in a covert location. The device can be installed internally or externally and, where available, must be capable of utilizing at least two methods of signalling such as: • Method 1 - 3G or 4G or 5G • Method 2 - SMS/GPRS using GSM • Method 3 - CDMA • Method 4 - Satellite tracking device • Must be equipped with at least one covert antenna TSR 1 2017 requires: When the tractor and trailer can be separated, a tracking device must be installed in a covert location in both the tractor and trailer and, where available, must be capable of utilizing at least two methods of signalling such as 3G, or SMS/GPRS using GSM or CDMA and must be equipped with at least one covert antenna.

All TAPA has done here is to separate the trailer and tractor requirements into two requirements. Tractors and trailers are designed to be separated! We also added 5G as the incoming standard for cellular communications. However, where you have an existing TSR 2017 certification and the auditor says you are not compliant to the new 2020 Standard, first check your compliance against the old Standard. It could be nothing has changed and a previously unknown gap has been found? Alternatively, if you feel the new requirement is not justified, please let TAPA know the details. We may be able to help you work with your auditor to find a solution.

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