TAPA EMEA members continued to increase their adoption of the Association’s Facility Security Requirements (FSR) and Trucking Security Requirements (TSR) in 2016.

For the year as a whole, FSR certified member locations rose from 387 at the end of 2015 to 496, a year-on-year increase of 28.1%. Although significantly smaller in number, the total of 60 TSR certifications held by TAPA EMEA members was still a positive 39.5% rise on the previous year. The TAPA Air Cargo Security Standards (TACSS), which are going to be adopted as part of FSR when the 2017 versions of TAPA’s Security Standards go ‘live’ in July, fell from nine to five year-on-year.

The implementation of TAPA Standards by non-members also reported gains. At the end of 2016, 57 non-members held TAPA FSR certifications, a 13.2% rise YoY, and there were four more TSR certifications, taking the total to 29, up 16%. There was also one TACSS certification by a non-member.

Data for Q4 2016 shows:

·        37 new FSR certifications

·        7 more TSR certifications

·        19 companies in EMEA starting or increasing their level of FSR/TSR certifications

·        New TAPA-certified facilities or trucking operations in 18 countries across the region.

In the last quarter of the year, TAPA awarded certifications to companies in:

·        Belgium

·        Czech Republic

·        France

·        Germany

·        Hungary

·        Ireland

·        Italy

·        Montenegro

·        Morocco

·        Mozambique

·        Netherlands

·        Nigeria

·        Portugal

·        Romania

·        Senegal

·        South Africa

·        Sweden

·        Turkey

·        United Kingdom

This month, TAPA members have received copies of the revised 2017 Security Standards, five months ahead of their ‘go live’ date on 1 July. This is to help companies planning to begin their certification programmes this year as well as those increasing their adoption of FSR and TSR. TAPA has also published its 2017 training schedule which includes a total of 22 courses, including local language trainings in French, German and Italian.

During 2017, TAPA EMEA will deliver training in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom. An online refresher course for those eligible is also scheduled in June. New and improved training materials have also been developed to support the 2017 programme.

TAPA EMEA Standards Lead, Mark Gruentjes, said: “We are doing everything possible to support the growth of FSR and TSR certifications across EMEA. This obviously includes the revised 2017 Standards which incorporate improvements suggested by our global members, the early release of the Standards to help companies prepare in advance for when they go live, and a big multi-lingual training programme with courses in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. We know many companies have been waiting for the new versions of FSR and TSR before stepping up their certification programmes so everything is in place to help them.”

TAPA EMEA members can register for training on the Association’s website.


1.      Netherlands – 91 (69 members/22 non-members)

2.      United Kingdom – 66 (64/2)

3.      Italy – 51 (46/5)

4.      Spain – 38 (32/6)

5.      Germany – 28 (25/3)

6.      United Arab Emirates – 28 (23/5)

7.      France – 19 (18/1)

8.      Turkey – 18 (16/2)

9.      Ireland  - 17 (all members)

10.   Belgium – 16 (all members)



1.      Netherlands – 38 (23 members/15 non-members)

2.      Germany – 9 (7/2)

3.      United Kingdom – 6 (all members)

4.      Italy – 6 (2/4)

5.      Belgium – 4 (3/1)