EMEA cargo crime hits US$88.75m with trucks being the 'weakest link'

CARGO worth EUR80 million (US$88

17 December 2019 - 19:00

CARGO worth EUR80 million (US$88.75 million) was stolen from supply chains in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region in the first nine months, data compiled by the Transported Asset Protection Association's (TAPA) Incident Information Service (IIS) shows.

Cargo thefts were recorded across all modes of transport as thieves targeted products moving via road, air, ocean and rail, averaging a loss of EUR293,000 daily.

Looking at the value of the thefts, EUR26 million worth of goods stolen in the third quarter, even though only 23.8 per cent of the 596 cargo crimes reported so far stated a loss value, reported London's Air Cargo News.

In the third quarter, TAPA received reports of cargo losses in 22 countries in EMEA. France and the Netherlands recorded the highest number of crimes, due to the support and crime information given to TAPA EMEA by law enforcement agencies from both countries. France saw 146 actual or attempted cargo thefts, 24.5 per cent of the total, while the Netherlands accounted for 136 or 22.8 per cent.

Thieves targeted goods in 19 TAPA IIS product categories, led by 60 crimes involving losses of food and drink products. In the third quarter, there were also double-digit thefts of furniture and household appliances, tobacco, trucks and/or trailers, metal, clothing and footwear, tools and building materials, cash-in-transit, car parts, computers and laptops, and cosmetics and hygiene goods.

Some 85 per cent of goods moving in supply chains are now targeted by thieves when they are onboard trucks as opposed to being stored in facilities, with vehicles continuing to be seen as the 'weakest link' in the supply chain process.

The lack of secure parking places for trucks in the EMEA region remained one of the biggest causes of product losses.


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