DHL Express's Belfast gateway terminal becomes 100th facility in its European network to be awarded Transported Asset Protection Assn.'s 'A' security certification; DHL's global network now includes 242 TAPA 'A' certified facilities

BONN, Germany , December 12, 2013 (press release) –

  • Adrian Whelan, Head of Global Customs & Security: "TAPA is the global benchmark for security certification in the transportation industry."
  • DHL Express is the global leader in terms of the number of TAPA certified facilities, including all key hubs and gateways
DHL Express, the global leader in express delivery, announced that its Belfast gateway terminal has become the 100th facility in its European network to be awarded the prestigious Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) 'A' security certification. This brings the total number of TAPA 'A' certified facilities in the DHL global network to 242 and consolidates the company's position as the express industry leader in the number of TAPA certified facilities.

The internationally recognized TAPA certification is widely considered one of the most rigorous independent logistics and supply chain security certifications. TAPA ensures a best-in-class standardized and harmonized risk mitigation approach to minimize losses and risk within the supply chain. The TAPA certification process focuses on the way in which high value goods are handled, warehoused and transported as they move throughout the global supply chain.

DHL has achieved TAPA certification in 26 countries

"TAPA is the global benchmark for security certification in the transportation industry," said Adrian Whelan, Senior Vice President and Head of Global Customs and Security at DHL Express. "DHL has invested considerable time, effort and resource in attaining TAPA certification for our facilities, because we recognize the importance of a secure supply chain for our customers, the regulatory authorities and our own workforce. In the global logistics industry. air cargo represents only 2% of the weight of product transported but 35% of the value. This underscores the importance of express services for high value products in sectors such as technology, fashion, life sciences and engineering. Every major hub and gateway in our network is TAPA 'A' certified today, and in passing the milestone of 100 certified facilities in Europe, we are once again demonstrating DHL's ongoing commitment to the highest levels of security within our industry."

Thorsten Neumann, Chairman of the Board of Directors of TAPA EMEA, said: "On behalf of the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA), I commend DHL for their continuous efforts to embed TAPA standards within their global network. TAPA standards and certification have a measurably positive impact in reducing risk within the global supply chain. The commitment of DHL and other industry players to our mission of protecting high value assets from loss and theft enhances the integrity of the entire global supply chain and supports longer-term economic growth."

The Belfast gateway facility is one of 16 DHL facilities in the UK to receive TAPA certification in 2013 alone. In Europe, DHL has achieved TAPA certification in 26 countries to date.

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