TAPA calls for more data sharing as cargo crime reaches 3-year high

Cargo crimes reported to TAPA’s IIS in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region reached a three-year high in Q1 2016, with an average of nearly five incidents every day culminating in millions of euros of losses for manufacturers and logistics service providers.


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On the back of a surge in cargo crime, up 115 per cent to nearly 450 reported cases in the EMEA region over the first quarter this year alone, the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) is calling for more active partnerships and data sharing.

Increased sharing of cargo crime data by law enforcement agencies will enable manufacturers and logistics service providers to further protect high value/theft attractive goods in supply chains said TAPA. This will also help relieve pressure on police forces that have to deal with the growing number of incidents, particularly in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions, the association added.

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But underscoring the problem of “massive” under-reporting, Thorsten Neumann, chairman of TAPA EMEA said: “We do not know the full extent of cargo crime in EMEA nor globally. We do know, however, that we are barely scratching the surface of the number of incidents we believe are happening in some major countries in our region.”

His comments come as those cargo crimes reported to TAPA’s IIS in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region reached a three-year high in Q1 2016, with an average of nearly five incidents every day culminating in millions of euros of losses for manufacturers and logistics service providers.