What is TAPA and what is a TAPA certification?


TAPA stands for Transported Asset Protection Association. This is a unique forum in which global manufacturers, logistics providers, freight carriers, law enforcement agencies, and other stakeholders together establish leading security standards for the supply chain. The purpose of TAPA is to minimize transport crime, cargo theft and the loss of goods.

The number of cargo thefts is increasing

Transport crime continues to increase and the incidents also become more violent. According to the European Union, the theft of high value, high risk products moving in supply chains in Europe costs businesses in excess of € 8.2 billion a year. In the Netherlands, it’s 329 million euros. That must be stopped. TAPA helps to prevent transport crime.


A TAPA certification aims to reduce the loss of goods in the transport chain. Cargo theft and loss of high-value and pharmaceutical goods are becoming increasingly common. As a result, the requirements for the transport of these types of goods are also becoming stricter. More and more shippers are asking for a TAPA certificate.

With this certificate you show as a transporter or shipper that the security of your fleet is in order and that your cargo is preventively protected against cargo theft by the supply chain. This allows you to distinguish yourself from other transport companies. A TAPA certification ensures demonstrable quality.


TAPA provides guidelines in the area of transportation security and has three different certifications.

  • TAPA FSR – Facility Security Requirements (A, B of C)
    The official standard for the storage of high value goods. It also defines the requirements that a logistics service provider must meet in order to be certified.

  • TAPA TSR – Safety requirements for transport
    The official standard for safe road transport of high value goods. It also describes the requirements that transport companies must meet in order to be certified.

  • TAPA PSR – Parking security requirements
    The official standard for safe and secure parking areas for trucks transporting high value goods. It also defines the requirements that parking lot operators must meet to achieve certification.

TAPA organizes 20 training courses each year in the EMEA region for members who want to become TAPA certified.


The TAPA TSR certification has 3 levels, with increasingly stringent requirements.

  • Level 1 = Elevated Security Protection
    Level 2 = Moderate Security Protection
    Level 3 = Basic Security Protection

TAPA sets these requirements every 3 years. In the TSR security requirements for trucks you can read what you need to comply with per level.

We have listed the most important TSR requirements for you:


The following applies to TSR 1 and 2:
A. Electronic locks, automatic or manually operated
B. Unique locks (duplicate codes/keys/passwords to open different locks not permitted)
C. Locks and fixing devices must be able to withstand substantial force and be tamper evident.

For TSR 3, you may decide how to secure the doors, as long as you document it in your internal procedure.

Tracking and tracing

There are different network requirements for TSR 1 (3, 4 or 5G + SMS/GPRS) and TSR 2 (3G + SMS/GPRS). With TSR 1 there may be a maximum of 5 minutes between 2 reports (of truck and trailer) and with TSR 2 this is 30 minutes. TSR 3 allows the data from the track and trace device to be logged and read out later.


For TSR 1 (2020) a loud alarm in case of unauthorized opening of the cargo space is mandatory. For TSR 2 and 3 this is not required.


In July 2020, TAPA introduced the new TSR 2020 standard. You can read exactly what this means in the TSR 2020 security requirements for trucks. This means that when your TSR 2017 certification expires, you will have to meet the new TSR 2020 security requirements when you recertify. We have listed the differences between the TSR 2017 and TSR 2020 requirements for you, so that you can be well prepared for the recertification.


Many goods are transported by road. But export products are also increasingly going in containers to seaports and railroad terminals, after which they are transported further by boat or train. To meet the specific needs of intermodal transport, an additional module sea containers (C-TSR) or multimodal (M-TSR) has been added to the TSR as standard.

Tapa transported asset protection association


Imbema is a member of TAPA as a service provider. This means that you can use our SBS security solutions to become TSR certified. Every three years TAPA, in consultation with its members, revises the security standards. As a result, we as security specialists are always up to date with the latest requirements and know what our trailer, trailer, container and trailer locks must meet. We also offer our customers support in obtaining TSR certification.


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