From the Graebel Newsroom.
GRAEBEL ACHIEVES C-TPAT CERTIFICATION
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January 22, 2004
DENVER — Graebel Movers International, Inc. today announced it has received C-TPAT certification from the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, a division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The C-TPAT (Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) program was recently created as a joint initiative between the private sector and the U.S. government, providing certified businesses, which have taken steps to secure their supply chain a preferred and formal relationship with the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection.
Graebel is one of the first in the household goods forwarding industry to achieve C-TPAT compliance. To receive its C-TPAT certification, Graebel completed a comprehensive application process which included extensive analysis and exacting security improvements throughout its worldwide supply chain.
“Graebel’s unique control of its workforce, transportation, facilities and forwarding services enabled us to secure this certification,” said Dale Collins, Senior Vice President of Graebel International Operations.
“Our globally active customers will see many benefits such as faster, more reliable service dates based on our certification and relationship with the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection,” he said.
The major benefits of C-TPAT certification include:
• Fewer inspections of goods, leading to reduced border times
• An assigned Account Manager with the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection to address questions
• Access to US Government anti-terrorism seminars, and the sharing of industry best practices
Bill Graebel, Chief Operating Officer of Graebel Companies, Inc. added,”C-TPAT is both a necessary and beneficial certification that recognizes we have taken the initiative to ensure our organization, people, and customers are not exposed to undue risk. Ultimately, it gives Graebel a competitive advantage by reducing exposure to damages caused during the inspection process, and enables us to maintain date scheduling. Finally, it is a legitimate, effective means for us to fight back against future terrorist threats by making it far more difficult to use the global supply chain as a terrorism tool.”
Graebel Movers International, a division of Graebel Companies, Inc. is the leader in the international household goods industry. The company has earned top tonnage awards from the Overseas Moving Network International (OMNI) organization 11 times since 1991, holds FAIM certification, and its quality systems are registered to ISO 9001-2000.
If you would like more information about the C-TPAT program, visit the Department of Homeland Security Website at http://www.dhs.gov/dhspublic/index.jsp.