DHL Express attains 300th TAPA certification

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DHL Express has attained its 300th Transported Asset Protection (TAPA) security certification with the latest facility to attain certification being the Birmingham Service Centre of DHL Express in the UK.

This independent certification confirms that DHL Express has implemented the highest security standards for transporting shipments through the supply chain. Saying this is a milestone for the DHL Express global network, the company says the achievement demonstrates the company’s commitment to meet the highest TAPA Freight Security Requirements (FSR) worldwide. One third of DHL Express’ TAPA certifications are in the Asia Pacific region.

Adrian Whelan, head of Global Security for DHL Express commented: “Operating in more than 220 countries and territories, DHL Express is the most international company in the world, and security has always been a top priority for us.

“Although we always had our own internal security standards for many years, we are convinced that it is important to have security standards independently verified and certified, mainly for our customers, so that they know their valuable shipments are in safe hands. Since certifying the first facility which was Penang Gateway in Malaysia in 2001, we are now very proud to complete the certification of the 300th facility.”

The internationally recognised TAPA certification is one of the most rigorous logistics and supply chain security certifications. This independently audited certification is widely respected as the leading security standard in this sector, and focuses on the way in which high-value goods are handled, warehoused and transported.

“Asia-Pacific is a key growth region which is expected to outpace North America in the express market by 2020. Ensuring that our facilities meet international TAPA certification and the highest safety and security standards for shipments ensures peace of mind for our customers. Pursuing industry certifications like TAPA underscores our commitment to quality which is central to our customer promise,” said Ken Lee, CEO, DHL Express Asia Pacific.

With 300 certified TAPA Level A and B sites, DHL Express is the global industry leader with the number of TAPA certified facilities. The accredited facilities now span 82 countries, with 96 DHL Express facilities located in Europe, 87 in Asia-Pacific, 25 in China, 43 in the Americas, 30 in Sub Saharan Africa and there were 19 certificates obtained in the Middle East and North Africa.

“We congratulate DHL Express and its Global Security team on this outstanding achievement and for their commitment to the TAPA Security Standards,” says Thorsten Neumann, chairman of TAPA EMEA. “They clearly recognise our Facility Security Requirements as the leading supply chain security standard and the most effective way to protect their customers’ goods. More and more customers are asking their logistics partners if their facilities are TAPA certified because it is the security benchmark they trust. This is why the level of TAPA certifications in the EMEA region is at its highest-ever level in our 20-year history and growing every month. We expect to see more companies following the example set by DHL Express.”

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