TAPA AMERICAS brings together manufacturers, shippers, logistics providers, carriers, insurers, service providers, law enforcement and government agencies to reduce risks of criminal activity in the transportation supply chain.
To protect high value theft targeted (HVTT) assets in the transportation supply chain in the AMERICAS by:
- Collecting and exchanging data and intelligence information on a global basis
- Co-operating on preventative supply chain security within industry and with government organizations
- Setting and promulgating best in class standards for facility security and transport
- Working as a parallel organization with TAPA EMEA, TAPA APAC and TAPA branches in South Africa and Brazil
TAPA AMERICAS represents one of three primary branches of TAPA worldwide -- the other two being TAPA EMEA (Europe and Africa) and TAPA APAC (Asia/Pacific). These branches include chapters in South Africa and Mexico, with new chapters developing in other countries plagued by cargo crime. Each TAPA branch or chapter participates in the worldwide organization while also addressing the needs of its own regional members.
HVTT Asset Theft: A Shared Problem
HVTT (high value theft targeted) asset theft poses a major problem for many industries. Theft of electronics, pharmaceuticals, clothing, high-end foodstuffs, auto parts, building supplies and almost any other cargo of value is a daily event in the Americas. This type of crime leads to billions of dollars in lost revenue, compromised brand integrity, and in some cases harm to consumers. While government programs such as C-TPAT focus on keeping dangerous items out of the supply chain, TAPA focuses mainly on the issue of theft. But because the concerns are interrelated, TAPA and government agencies work together in confronting these challenges.
Standards Lead to Solutions
The leverage TAPA exerts has had a measurably positive impact in promoting standardization and industry change to reduce cargo crime:
- Major freight handlers are joining TAPA or employing TAPA-recognized security standards for facility certification as well as for freight care and handling
- TAPA has become a worldwide benchmark for security handling guidelines and practices
- Businesses insurers are asking prospective customers about their security practices, and specifically whether they hold TAPA certification
- Government agencies include TAPA-endorsed standards in their development of homeland security initiatives