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Manufacturers, shippers and freight, and logistics service providers will meet in Johannesburg on 7 March, 2023, to discuss innovative ways to reduce rising cargo crime across South Africa in a special one-day conference hosted by the Transported Asset Protection Association’s (TAPA) Europe, Middle Easy & Africa (EMEA) region

cargoThe cargo security conference will discuss solutions in reducing the risks associated with cargo crime across South Africa. (Image Source: Adobe Stock)

In its latest Cargo Crime 18-Month Report, the TAPA EMEA Intelligence System (TIS) recoded 2,670 cargo thefts across all nine provinces in South Africa, including 2,236 truck hijackings as well as several attacks of freight facilities. Crime data for the period shows a combined loss figure of US$31.5mn (577 million Rand), based only on 3.4% of recorded crimes sharing their financial losses.

New data issued by the South Africa Police Service revealed a 9.8% year-on-year rise in truck hijackings in Q4 2022, with a total of 492 incidents over the 92-day period.

On 7 March, TAPA EMEA’s leadership team will be joined by senior representatives from the South Africa Police Service (SAPS), Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA), DHL Express, Rhenus Logistics, TITAN Aviation Group, TCG Digital Forensics, and the International Platinum Group Metals Association to discuss the impact cargo crime has on South Africa’s businesses and economy, to offer advice and solutions available to mitigate against the risks presented.

“This event aims to help all supply chain stakeholders understand the level of cargo crime taking place across South Africa and to offer intelligence and solutions to increase their supply chain resilience and prevent losses,” said Thorsten Neumann, President and CEO, TAPA EMEA.

“Tragically, as a result of the high level of violence seen in many attacks, we are also regularly notified of drivers, security guards, and law enforcement officers losing their lives during cargo crimes incidents in South Africa."

The one-day conference is free of charge to TAPA EMEA members, or costs US$105 (1,800 Rand) for non-members to attend.

Registration for TAPA EMEA’s cargo security conference in Johannesburg closes 1 March, 2023. To register, click here.