DHL Express UK’s Birmingham Service Centre has become the 300th company facility worldwide to be awarded with the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) security certification.

This independent recognition confirms that DHL Express has met the highest TAPA Freight Security Requirements (FSR) worldwide. 

DHL Express’ 300 certified TAPA Level A and B certificated 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 19 certificates obtained in the Middle East and North Africa.

Adrian Whelan, head of global security for DHL Express, commented: “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.”

The independently audited TAPA certification is recognised as the security standard in the sector, and focuses on the way in which high-value goods are handled, warehoused and transported.

Ian Wilson, DHL Express UK chief executive, said: “We are proud to receive the Level A certification for Birmingham and especially with this being the 300th TAPA-certified facility.

“We are working in such a fast-moving and dynamic operational environment, that the highest level of security is absolutely paramount to the company’s success. That is why DHL Express has adopted TAPA’s FSR at the heart of its global security strategy.

“We view security as a competitive advantage and our customers tell us that the security is critically important to them. With state of the art access control, CCTV and alarm systems, the Birmingham facility meets the highest levels of security specifications.”

Ian Wilson concludes: “Our customers want and deserve the highest level of security. We are committed to providing them with that as well as ensuring our people are safe and secure at work.”

Thorsten Neumann, chairman of TAPA Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “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.”

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