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March 19, 2018 3:30 PM, EDT
European Truckers Face Growing Theft Challenge
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A global group that battles cargo theft is experiencing record growth in the take up of its supply chain security standards in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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The Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) said that facilities and trucking operators in 60 countries have met its certification standards. The international alliance reported 42% year-over-year growth in the number of firms with its Trucking Security Requirements certifications and 17% growth in the number of its Facility Security Requirements certifications.

At the end of last year, 645 facilities and 126 trucking firms had earned TAPA certification in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

TAPA reported a 10.3% rise in recorded cargo theft in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region last year with 2,880 incidents with a value of $129 million. However, less than 60% of the theft reports provided a value.

Of those incidents, 90% occurred when trucks were stopped at unsecured locations. The Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) division of TAPA recently launched new standards to build a network of secure parking places for trucks.