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ISO compliant seals are very expensive. Where can I find low cost alternatives?

Are there specific rules for seals on TSR 1 multi-stop routes? Can we use an electronic seal?

We are concerned about privacy compliance and keeping records of interviews for later use. Can you provide any guidance on what to look for when auditing TSR E.8? TSR E.8 Re-hiring: Procedures are in place to prevent LSP/Applicant from re-hiring workforce if denial/termination criteria are still valid. Note: Records are reviewed prior to re-hiring (Ex: background of previously terminated personnel or rejected applicants previously denied employment).

Can you give an example of unacceptable and acceptable evidence provided for a TSR Vehicle Register that meets TAPA requirements? TAPA TSR: 3.11.1 Vehicles to be utilized under the TSR must be listed in the LSP's/Applicant’s TSR Vehicle Register. There is no specific format for the Register, however, it must include at least the following information: Tractor identification information, trailer identification information, TSR level, date(s) of audits and self-assessments, any exceptions, corrections, date of correction.

Can you give an example of unacceptable and acceptable evidence that shows driver training is sufficient? TAPA TSR: 4.1.1 Security Threat Awareness training program conducted with drivers and documented in driver records. This training, as a minimum, shall include threat awareness, robbery response, vehicle checking, and recognition of developing threats, use of secure parking, appropriate responses to threatening events and communication with police and management. This training must take place at least every 2 years.

Can you give an example of unacceptable and acceptable evidence for locking of truck cab doors? TAPA TSR: 1.1.1 Driver procedures require that truck doors are locked during transit.

We’re a forwarder that only uses sub-contracted trucking. My client requires us to provide TSR Level 3 trucks for their shipments. Two of my sub-contractors are willing to be TAPA TSR Level 3 self-certified but do not have a TAPA trained Authorised Auditor to complete their audits. Can we use one of our Authorised Auditors to conduct the necessary TAPA audits at our sub-contractors?

Are any significant changes planned for the TSR Standard?

As a medium-size courier company, we previously looked at TSR. It was not a good fit for our business as we only operate final mile deliveries using vans. I am now aware TAPA is looking at security requirements for vans and fixed body trucks in the next revision. Should I relook at TSR certification for my business?

I am moving containers by road and then internationally by sea. Can I use TSR to cover the security requirements with my Logistics Service Providers?

It’s clear from reading the TSR 2020 that Auditors will look for evidence of compliance before and during the certification. I note that the TSR Vehicle Register is a critical record for auditors (assessing compliance) and the LSP (managing compliance). How can both auditors and the LSPs use the Vehicle Register to assist in the certification audit?

Does TAPA have any other advice for creating and maintaining a TSR Vehicle Register?

The TSR has some interesting new ideas on vehicle escorts and truck monitoring. Would TAPA be able to help me with supplier and equipment selection?

My TSR 1 2017 certification expires in November this year and I will re-certify to TSR 2020. My main customer wants me to add Escorts and Cyber Threat to my certification. What must I do to prepare and add these to my certification?

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.

Can you help me obtain a copy of the TAPA Locking Systems Guidance document as mentioned in the TSR 2020 Draft Standard?

I’m told sea containers are now part of the TSR Standard. Is TSR now multi-modal and can I now certify my sea containers for transport by road, rail and sea?

Does the TSR address any of the threats we currently see with ‘Last Mile’ deliveries?

Can you provide any update on what TAPA means by TSR Modular Standards?

Can you provide any information on the 4 modules that will be available in the updated TSR?

What other features will be new in the TSR?

I am told TSR 2020 will have major changes. Can you assure me that I won’t have to make major investments in my truck fleet to maintain my certification status?

We are an existing TSR Level 1 certified company with many trucks. My certificate is valid until May 2021. What should I do to prepare for the new TSR 2020?

Why is TAPA promoting use of its own Parking Security Requirements (PSR) when the EU will introduce its own Parking Security standard? Surely one standard for the industry will make more sense?

As a medium-size courier company, we previously looked at TSR. It was not a good fit for our business as we only operate final mile deliveries using vans. I am now aware TAPA is looking at security requirements for vans and fixed body trucks in the next revision. Should I relook at TSR certification for my business?

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