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Guarding Security Requirements (GSR)

The TAPA Guarding Security Requirements (GSR) specifies the minimum acceptable security standards for secure Guarding places and used by vehicle intended for the movement of goods by road.

This Standard is only applicable to the TAPA APAC region but may in time be revised to be accepted and promoted in EMEA and AMR regions. GSR is a Standard that can be referenced in agreements between Buyers, Logistics Service Providers, Guarding Operations and/or other Applicants seeking a TAPA Partnership, Certification or a Mutual Recognition Agreement based on TAPA GSR.

In the development of this Standard, TAPA recognizes the multiple differences in how Guarding Security services are provided and that the GSR may apply to all or part of the services provided by a Guarding Operator. GSR may apply to Guarding Operator owned or operated facilities.

Typical users of the TAPA Standards include:

  • Buyers of logistics services
  • Logistic Service Providers and associated suppliers
  • Law Enforcement or other government organizations
  • Professional Supply Chain Organizations


TAPA GSR 2017 English Version

GSR Audit Form

GSR Level 3 Self-Certification Submission Form

GSR Waiver Form

Waiver Process

Shadow Audit Process


For TAPA members self-certifying GSR Level 3 or conducting GSR Level 3 annual interim self-audit only.

The TAPA Self-Certification Programme was commenced on the 1st March 2015 and is currently free for members.

Members who plan to apply and complete the TAPA Self-Certification Programme for GSR Level 3, please follow the steps below.

Step 1:
Appoint and Train an Internal Authorized Auditor (AA)

It is required to have an AA at every site from year one as the AA needs to do the self-audits to TAPA APAC.

Step 2:
AA Conducts the Audit and Submit the Audit Form & Self-cert submission Form

Click to download the Audit Form and Self-Certification Submission Form.

Step 3:
Submit the Audit Form and Self-Certification Submission Form

Email both forms to TAPA APAC at self.certification@tapa-apac.org

Please note that from 1st July 2020, TAPA 2017 Standards are non-certifiable. Any audit submission after 1st July 2020 for new certifications and re-certifications will need to be under TAPA 2020 Standards.


In exceptional circumstances, the TAPA CA may be confronted with a waiver request for a specific security requirement in part or whole on behalf of the Supplier. TAPA reviews and approves/denies all waiver requests. It is the TAPA CA’s responsibility to decide whether the request is valid, and that substantial mitigating reason(s) exist that led to the waiver application. Request for waivers is more likely to be approved by TAPA if alternative security controls are introduced to mitigate the security exposure.

Waivers are valid for up to a maximum of 3 year. The original requirement must be completed on the expiration date of the waiver or requested and approved again.


Shadow Audits are defined as inspections conducted by TAPA Asia on sites certified by External Audit Companies under the TAPA Memorandum of Understanding (M.O.U.). They are conducted for the purpose of ensuring correct and consistent application of TAPA Freight Security Requirements (FSR) conducted by External Auditors in Asia Pacific. Shadow Audits are also designed to evaluate the quality of audits conducted by external auditors representing TAPA-Appointed External Audit Companies.

TAPA APAC shall inform the relevant External Audit Companies of any non-conformances or irregularities found during a Shadow Audit and shall require them to initiate action to resolve those non-conformances or irregularities. Such resolution shall be strictly between the external audit companies and the Facility concerned. Failure by the external audit companies to resolve non-conformances or irregularities within a prescribed period determined by TAPA APAC, may result in the cancellation of the certification status of the affected site. TAPA APAC, at its sole discretion, may also take appropriate action against the external audit company concerned.

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