The safety of high-value products is extremely important today. During the movement of cargo along the supply chain, losses amounting to several million Euro are reported each year in the EU due to theft, loss or loss of goods. In order to increase transport safety and prevent losses, the TAPA organization (Transported Asset Protection Association), in cooperation with local and international legislative agencies, has developed safety requirements for the transport and storage of cargo moved in the supply chain. TAPA translated into Polish is: Union for the Protection of Technological Assets. But it is also an international organization dealing with broadly understood security of supply in the high technology industry. This organization was founded in the USA in 1997, it has been operating on European markets since 1999. TAPA brings together over 500 producers of consumer goods from all over the world. The aim of the organization is to minimize losses in the production, transport and distribution of products from the high-tech, high-value industry. The most important undertaking of TAPA is the introduction of Freight Security Requirement (FSR), i.e. a standard for safe transport and Truck Security Requirements (TSR). Companies that operate in accordance with the Transport Safety Requirements (FRS and TSR) receive special certificates from the organization, which inform the customer that a given carrier is a trustworthy partner and ensures the integrity of goods during transport. In terms of FSR, one of three levels of security monitoring can be achieved – A, B, and C, with A being the highest level – in facilities and warehouses used for the storage and transportation of goods. In terms of TSR, one of the 3 fleet safety levels can be achieved, with Level 1 being the highest level.
Certification of the TAPA standard offers the following benefits: