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TAPA: "Recorded cargo theft exceeds €305,000 per day"

Thefts of products from road, rail, air and maritime supply chains in the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region exceeded €55M or more than €305,000 a day in H1 2019, according to new incident data reported to the Transported Asset Protection Association

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TAPA: "Recorded cargo theft exceeds €305,000 per day"

Data published today TAPA’s Incident Information Service (IIS) Q2 Report confirms 2019 is already a record year for freight thefts recorded by the Association in EMEA, which follows four previous years of consecutive growth. After collating intelligence on 3,981 cargo crimes in 2018, TAPA EMEA has already identified 4,198 incidents in the six months to 30 June 2019, up 5.1%. The recorded values include margins in the supply chain, up to shop floor or e-shopping prices.


Thorsten Neumann, President & CEO of TAPA EMEA (photo above), said: “While these figures should set alarm bells ringing for manufacturers and the cargo industry, they are still only a fraction of the full impact of freight losses in the region. Less than 30% of the losses in Q2 2019 provided any financial data and, even more significantly, it is important to remember that we can only share intelligence on the thefts reported to our IIS database. The vast majority of crimes still are not being reported to us but we, and other associations we are engaged with, estimate the true cost of loss to be billions of euros every year in our region.”


Founded in 1997, TAPA’s membership in EMEA consists of nearly 600 of the world’s biggest manufacturers from industries such as the tobacco, food and drink, clothing & footwear, cosmetics and hygiene, pharmaceutical, automotive, technology, electronics, and furniture and household appliance sectors, as well as logistics service providers, law enforcement agencies, insurers and other security stakeholders.

Globally, trucks are the most exposed. (Photo: TT Club from Getty Images)
Globally, trucks are the most exposed. (Photo: TT Club from Getty Images)

On behalf of its members, TAPA provides industry security standards for trucking, facilities and secure parking, and delivers training and crime intelligence to enhance the resilience of supply chains and inform companies of the risks they need to manage.


In the April-June 2019 period, 24 losses exceeded €100,000 in value and these crimes alone produced an average of €677,010. As well as incidents across Europe and Scandinavia, TAPA’s IIS recorded losses from trucks and warehouses in the United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Ghana, Uganda and Morocco as the number of reported crimes grew 167% year-on-year to 1,485.


Despite the increase in recorded crimes and its significant impact on the companies affected, TAPA says that the growing level of intelligence sharing with the Association is helping its members reduce their exposure to risks. This is primarily due to its developing relationships with law enforcement agencies as they increase their understanding of the value of partnering with TAPA to reduce crime.


In 2019, in particular, TAPA has gained strong support from police authorities in France and Germany, significantly improving its members’ understanding of the types of crimes occurring in both countries, the locations of incidents and the goods being targeted.


In Q2 2019, the top 10 countries for recorded losses - France, Germany, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Spain, Russia, South Africa, Belgium, Romania and Italy – accounted for 91.8% of all incidents added to the TAPA IIS database.

The majority of cargo losses still involve thieves targeting goods onboard trucks, most notably when they were parked in unsecured or unclassified locations. The findings are consistent with an earlier report from the TT Club relating to H1 2018.

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