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Page 24 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC JUNE-JULY 2018 TAPA publishes all three PSR documents, says many sites could qualify for Level Three THE TRANSPORTED Asset Protection Association’s (TAPA’s) commitment to identify and encourage a network of secure parking places for trucks across Europe has taken further significant steps forward. TAPA has published all three levels of its Parking Security Requirements (PSR) certification program for industry review and the signing of an MoU with Snap Account, the cashless payment system for the haulage industry, which works with more than 3,000 transport operators. TAPA has also reiterated its strongly-held belief that there are hundreds of professional parking sites in Europe that can already meet its self-certification PSR Level Three, a free-of-charge certification for Parking Place Operators (PPOs) which is available now. The need to protect drivers, their cargo and trucks is increasing demand for more safe and secure parking locations. TAPA is already seeing demand for controlled parking locations outweighing availability on key routes and says PPOs that do meet the TAPA security standard will find a ready-made market of potential customers. Cargo loss data for 2017 produced by TAPA’s Inci- dent Information Service (IIS) revealed an 89.9 per cent year-on-year rise in the number of freight thefts which occurred when trucks were parked in unse- cured parking locations, mostly due to the lack of secure parking options. The over 2,000 such cargo crimes last year also accounted for the majority of the EUR105 million of products stolen from supply chains in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. TAPA is on course to launch the higher Levels 1 and 2 of its Parking Security Requirements as planned later this year following the latest stage of consul- tation with its Manufacturer and Logistics Service Provider members, who have been asked to review the standards to confirm they are fit for purpose. As well as addressing the critical issue of security, PSR also recognises the importance for sites to provide suitable driver facilities, which remains an important factor for drivers with the ability to choose where they park. TAPA, which describes its PSR as ‘practical and real- istic’ has also launched a new membership category for Parking Place Operators (PPO) to increase their engagement with customers, and extended its Secu- rity Service Provider membership to include Parking Booking Platform Operators. Its secure parking program has been boosted by the signing of an MoU with Snap Account, which com- pletes over one million transactions a year for trans- port companies. Same-day deliveries possible — at a cost THREE-hour and same-day deliveries will be available beyond Australia’s urban areas, says CouriersPlease (CP), but perhaps only for customers prepared to pay and where retailers are willing to subsidise some of the costs. Jessica Ip, head of Commercial and Transformation at CP, which delivered nearly 18 million parcels Aus- tralia-wide and internationally in 2017, says same day, after hours and weekend deliveries all are possible at the right price. Previously working for Qantas Freight, Ip says she has seen an increase in the conversation around same day delivery, but warns these services will not be widespread across Australia without some cost to the retailer and customer. “A few businesses are starting to offer these servic- es in some capital cities and Amazon is working on bringing its Prime services here, but the key point is that it is for a price. Whether these services are scala- ble, so that retailers and consumers are okay with the price points, is the question,” she said. Ethiopian going back to Asmara ETHIOPIAN Airlines is to resume daily flights between Addis Ababa and Asmara, Eritrea on 17 July 2018 using B787 aircraft. Ethiopia cut all ties with Eritrea 20 years ago after a bloody border war. A spokesperson for Ethiopian Airlines said the carrier plans multiple daily flights and cargo services.