Panama Hub becomes 200th TAPA-certified DHL Express facility
- DHL Express is the global leader in terms of the number of TAPA-certified facilities, including all key Hubs and Gateways
- This milestone of 200 TAPA-certified facilities reinforces DHL's commitment to superior customer and employee security
TAPA Freight Security Requirements (FSR's) have been established by security professionals within the high value and high risk product sector.
The DHL Express Hub in Panama was recently awarded the prestigious Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) 'A' security certification, becoming the company's 200th facility worldwide to achieve that distinction.
The internationally recognized TAPA certification is widely considered one of the most rigorous independent logistics and supply chain security certifications and an industry benchmark. TAPA ensures a best-in-class standardized and harmonized risk mitigation approach to minimize losses and risk within the supply chain. TAPA Freight Security Requirements (FSR's) have been established by security professionals within the high value and high risk product sector. These aim to address the processes and procedures by which goods are handled, warehoused and transported as they move throughout the global supply chain. The requirements were initiated in the United States in 1997 and were enhanced in 2011.
TAPA FSR is considered the benchmark security standard
"Currently, every one of our major global Hubs and Gateways are all TAPA 'A' certified" said Adrian Whelan, Senior Vice President and Head of Global Customs and Security at DHL Express. "In addition to our Panama Hub, we recently achieved certification of our new North Asia Hub at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, China. We are proud to be the global leader in terms of supply chain security and we shall continue to invest in order to fulfill our customers and our regulators' security requirements."
Throughout the Americas region, 20 DHL Express facilities have been TAPA-certified since 2010. These include sites in the United States and Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Uruguay.
Two other DHL business units - DHL Global Forwarding and DHL Supply Chain - also operate TAPA-certified facilities in various countries in the Americas region.
"On behalf of the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) I would like to extend our congratulations to DHL on the occasion of their 200th site to be certified to the Freight Security Requirement (FSR) standard," said David Wilt, Chair, TAPA Americas. "The TAPA FSR is considered the benchmark security standard that is recognized around the globe. DHL'S multiple FSR certifications, across a variety of markets, highlight their strong global commitment to supply chain security."