According to European Union data, damages resulting from the theft of loads transported in Europe add up to more than 8.2 billion euros annually. Thanks to the activities of such organizations as The Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA), the fight against cargo theft during transport and storage is showing better results.
TAPA brings together world-class manufacturers, logistics service providers, carriers, law enforcement representatives, and other stakeholders for one purpose: to reduce the level of losses in global supply chains. The AsstrA-Associated Traffic AG group of companies has been a member of TAPA for several years.
TAPA organizes numerous educational conferences, meetings, and other events on particular topics. The last forum was held in Warsaw on April 11th and 12th of this year.
AsstrA specialists who took part in the conference had the opportunity to learn about the latest trends in the fight against supply chain threats in Poland and Eastern Europe. One of the main topics raised during the TAPA forum referred to the appearance of organized criminal groups whose members cross national borders to commit supply chain crimes in neighboring European countries. The agenda of the conference also included issued related to cyberattacks in the transport and logistics industry.
Experts representing AsstrA at the TAPA forum share their opinions:
Why did AsstrA decide to join TAPA?
“The safety of our clients' loads is a key priority for the AsstrA Group. Accordingly, a few years ago we decided to join TAPA,” points out Road Freight Transportation Department Deputy COO Vitaly Eremenco.
How did our participation in the Warsaw TAPA conference go?
“Our main goal for the event was to familiarize ourselves with market trends, the latest IT solutions, and modern equipment used to prevent theft during the transport and storage of cargo. What is more, the conference was also a great opportunity to meet our key clients and partners,” notes Vitali Eremenco.
One great advantage of the conference was the opportunity to learn about the security assurance and control methods being used by other TAPA members. Also, many conference participants were our clients, adds AsstrA Supply Chain Security Manager, Vitali Lazovskiy.
As is widely known, the percentage of theft of cargoes transported in Europe is quite high. Does this situation on the market affect AsstrA customers' requirements?
Yes, customers' safety requirements for transported cargo are constantly increasing. In response, we are taking a highly proactive attitude towards ensuring full security. Every day we are improving control processes supporting the fulfillment of all our contractual responsibilities and carefully selecting logistic services suppliers,” emphasizes Vitali Eremenco.
Requirements for comprehensive security, in terms of transport as well as information and IT solutions, are becoming higher and more advanced. It is extremely important to keep up to date with the latest trends in the industry and take into account changes in logistics security standards. To be a leading logistics provider – especially on the European market – we must comply fully with our clients’ security criteria. It’s that simple.” notes Vitali Lazovskiy.
This TAPA conference allowed participants to get acquainted with the latest international supply chain security solutions. The presentations all suggested that reducing international supply chain losses is possible by sticking to the principle – which became the conference’s key theme – that "trust is good, but control is better."