How our TAPA Membership, Certification Delivers Asset Protection, Limits Your Cargo Theft Risk

Supply chain theft is very real threat to business around the world. Indeed, the FBI estimates thieves steal $30 billion worth of cargo each year.

More specifically, high-value, theft-targeted (HVTT) products stolen from Europe’s supply chains  cost businesses more than €8.2 billion a year, while the median cargo theft in North America resulted in a $58,500 loss in 2018.

Luckily, organizations that partner with AIT for transportation management and logistics solutions can count on our dedication to asset protection (i.e, the security and safety of their cargo) to limit the threat of damage to their brands and businesses.

One of the ways we provide asset protection is through memberships and certifications from respected organizations like the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA).

Read on to learn more about TAPA, and what AIT’s involvement in the organization means for our customers and their asset protection.

What is TAPA?

Recognized globally as the industry standard for cargo facility and transport security requirements, the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) was founded in 1997 with a mission to minimize cargo losses from the supply chain. Today, TAPA unites hundreds of global manufacturers, logistics providers, freight carriers, law enforcement agencies, and other stakeholders. Learn more at tapaonline.org.

How does TAPA membership enhance asset protection?

Among other advantages, membership includes access to TAPA's global security standards and certification programs, free asset protection training courses, TAPA's Incident Information Service (IIS) cargo crime intelligence database, cargo crime incident alerts and more.

What is TAPA certification? What are TAPA’s standards?

Created by supply chain security professionals and logistics specialists, TAPA’s facility security requirements, trucking security requirements and air cargo security standards are independently-audited and are widely respected as the leading asset protection security standards for the movement of high-value, theft-targeted goods. The standards are reviewed and updated every three years. Learn more at tapaonline.org.

Is AIT TAPA certified?

Yes. AIT received TAPA certification in 2002 and renews each year.

What other cargo security credentials does AIT hold?

In addition to TAPA certification and membership, AIT’s asset protection credentials include CTPAT certification. AIT is also a sustaining member of the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA). A U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA)-certified Indirect Air Carrier, we also maintain TSA-certified cargo screening facilities in Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles. And, when required, we offer Explosive Trace Detection (ETD), physical search and use of TSA canines. Learn more about AIT’s cargo security credentials.

How does AIT enforce partner/subcontractor compliance with the TAPA requirements?

AIT notifies our subcontracted carriers of any and all security obligations or asset protection requirements. Through our internal audit and subcontractor compliance programs, we also regularly monitor our agents, teammates, and contracted carriers for compliance.

Protect your global supply chain

Don’t let cargo theft damage your business. Partner with cargo security expert. To learn more about AIT’s commitment to security and asset protection contact a representative today.

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