Emirates Group Security Receives TAPA Air Cargo Security Standard Certifications
Tuesday, 10 June 2014
left to right: Jayakrishnan.P – SGS; Dr. Shahul Mansoor – director, systems & services certification, SGS; Charles Yammine, security manager – Emirates Group Security; Zack Zainal, DVP - Emirates Group Security; Ramesh Cidambi, SVP – IT & Logistics DDF; George Horan, President, Dubai Duty Free; Dr Abdulla Al Hashimi, DSVP Emirates Group Security; Zayed Khalifa Al Shebli, manager – corporate security DDF; Joss D’Silva, manager security - Emirates Group Security; Alim Saidov – Executive vice president - SGS Group (SGS SA), Geneva; Rachid Cherkaoui – managing director - SGS Middle East Region; Gulzar Ahmed, security supervisor - DDF
DUBAI - Emirates Group Security received the TAPA (Transported Asset Protection Association) Air Cargo Security Standard (TACSS) certifications for its cargo facilities. 

TACSS is a TAPA certification covering security solutions for air cargo, industry and government compliance programs. The TACSS process assesses threats such as theft and use of cargo for terrorist purposes. TACSS can be used with other independent, regulatory and TAPA requirements. 

All of Emirates’ cargo facilities, for both SkyCargo and dnata, are now TACSS certified. These include Freight Gate 1 at Cargo Terminal Operation; Freight Gate 3&5 at the Free Zone Logistics Centre); Cargo Mega Terminal (CMT) & Emirates Cargo Centre (ECC); Emirates Group Security/Transguard (including Valuable Handling, Cash in Transit, Cash Management Centre); Freight Gate 6 at Dubai Flower Centre); and Freight Gate 8 at Dubai World Central. 

Emirates Group Security recently received ACC3 and RA3 validations, both EU-initiated security requirements, for SkyCargo and dnata. 

Dubai Duty Free (DDF) is a supplier of consumer merchandise to Dubai Airport, and airlines and passengers, is to achieve has also been granted the TACSS certification.

Abdulla Al Hashimi, divisional senior vice president, Emirates Group Security said, “These certifications are testament to our commitment to high level security standards and to maintaining integrity throughout the supply chain.

"We are indeed proud that all of our cargo facilities have been awarded the TACSS certifications, which are recognized globally as the industry standard for cargo facility and transport security. For our customers – this means they can be assured that we adhere to the strictest criteria in safeguarding their business. 

“The aviation security industry is constantly changing, with new regulations, technologies and controls. The challenge is managing the security function to ensure the business profitability of the civil aviation industry. 

"Security should not be seen as a stand-alone entity, but as an integral, fundamental and indispensable component of the industry – well integrated with other operations and a catalyst for growth.”

Zayed Al Shebli,  manager security  DDF, added: “As an organization, we need to realize that we cannot achieve the results and service levels we want without working in partnership with others. 

"Therefore we have to engage  with and get every stakeholder to develop security  regimes that are practical , industry specific – one that balances  well with  facilitation while  at the same time a potent  solution in the  fight against  criminal activities and acts of  unlawful interference.

"We thank Emirates Group Security for its support and assistance in the pursuit of this certification."