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AWARDS: DHL Express Receives Acclaimed International Certification


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DHL Express, the world’s leading express company, was informed this week that its Spartan facility in Isando has been accorded the highly acclaimed international benchmark certification for security by the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA). The level “A” certification by TAPA is DHL’s fifth certified facility in South Africa, with the sixth facility in Midrand due to receive certification by the end of 2011.

TAPA’s security standards are recognised globally as the minimum standard for cargo facility and transport security.

Benefit of the TAPA Membership with DHL Express

“Through our TAPA membership, DHL ensures the success of our business by safeguarding our employees, our assets and our customers. Our customer orders are thereby fulfilled and our business reputation and financial performance protected. We have been closely associated with TAPA for more than six years, reflecting the extent to which we value our membership as well as TAPA’s contribution to the industry. For these reasons we hold the award in high esteem,” said Johan Dalhouzie, Head of Security for DHL Express Sub Sahara Africa.

South Africa is one of the leading countries globally in terms of the number of certified facilities. Currently DHL Express has 17 TAPA A-certified facilities in 11 different countries in Sub Sahara Africa. Its goal is to end the year with four more in three more countries. Certified facilities are located in South Africa, Namibia, Democratic Rep of Congo, Kenya, Gabon, Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire, Mauritius and Senegal are TAPA certified. Certifications are planned for Angola, Zambia and Tanzania during the course of 2011.

DHL Express and its Crime Issues

Cargo crime is one of the biggest supply chain challenges for the manufacturers of high value / high risk products. “Today, organised crime rings are operating globally and they use increasingly violent attacks on vehicles, premises and personnel to achieve their aims. TAPA creates a platform to help businesses fight back against cargo crime by means of real-time intelligence and the latest preventative security measures to protect goods in the supply chain,” added Dalhouzie.

“TAPA’s security requirements have been established by security professionals within the high value, high risk product sector to cement the minimum standards by which goods are handled, warehoused and transported as they move throughout the world.”

Dalhouzie says that the successful maintenance of the DHL Express security standards are ensured by annual self assessments and bi-annual re-certification audits conducted by TAPA- certified auditors. The certification of facilities is reviewed annually.

TAPA’s objective is to manage and implement positive change in the security practices of the freight transportation and insurance communities as a whole and therefore benefit DHL Express.

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