The Transported Asset Protection Association has updated its Trucking Security Requirements in an effort to curb the estimated $10 billion in worldwide cargo theft. By developing a worldwide safety standard, officials have said they can help stop some of this theft. The new standards will go into effect on January 1.
The new requirements, which enhance guidelines last updated in 2008, seek to develop a common standard of security by calling for mandatory certification.
“We believe that TSR certification will result in TAPA members globally seeing a continued reduction in crime involving vehicles, similar to the significant decline in losses from warehouse attacks witnessed by members that have FSR certified facilities,” TAPA’s regional chairmen said in a joint statement.
According to the organization, 85 percent of all cargo theft occur during road transportation, accounting for nearly $5 billion in annual losses in the Americas and up to €8.2 billion a year in the European Union.
Brandon Fried, executive director of the U.S. Airforwarders Association, writes in Air Cargo World‘s December/January issue that ground transportation logistics must be improved, as it is tantamount to the success of the airfreight industry. Unfortunately, he explained, it’s currently a major cog in the air cargo supply chain.
“As the recession began and continued, insufficient demand and the hiring of fewer drivers forced trucking firms to reduce fleets,” Fried said. “Airfreight forwarders are starting to worry that the available trucks will not be able to support their supply-chain needs, which may cause product shortages and delays in delivery.”
Solving the problem, he argued, will require collaboration among members of the trucking and airfreight industries and governmental policies to improve the road infrastructure in the U.S.