Following the recent certification of its Los Angeles and San Francisco gateways by the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA), DHL Express has achieved full TAPA certification for all of its key North American facilities. Its North America locations include its U.S. Express hub in Cincinnati, Ohio, gateways in Miami and New York City and its principal gateway in Toronto, Canada.
The combined total of DHL TAPA-certified sites in North American now stands at 20, including those operated by two other DHL business units, DHL Global Forwarding and EXEL Supply Chain. There are also DHL TAPA-certified sites in Colombia and Brazil, and certifications are in the process for other key sites in Latin America.
TAPA is an industry security accreditation awarded to facilities that meet security standards for handling high-value and other commodities in global supply chains. Certification follows the completion of a two-day, comprehensive security audit. Independent auditors evaluate each facility’s security measures, employee security training programs, access to shipment sorting zones, facility alarms, security reporting and investigations and other security requirements.
“In 2010, DHL Express achieved best-in-class results with the lowest loss run rates on record in the industry,” said Daniel Gomez, head of security for DHL Express’ Americas Region. “Maintaining this record, while always striving for better ways to serve our global customers is our number one priority.”