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Toshiba obtains C-TPAT Customs Certification

Posted: 10 Oct 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:semiconductors? flash? storage solutions? optical communication devices? displays?

Toshiba America Electronic Components Inc. (TAEC) has received the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) certification from the U.S. Customs Service. C-TPAT is a joint government-business initiative aimed at building cooperative relationships to strengthen overall supply chain and border security. TAEC provides semiconductors, Flash memory-based storage solutions, optical communication devices, displays, and rechargeable batteries

In order to attain C-TPAT certification, TAEC did a complete analysis of its supply chain product flow detailing the company's procedural, physical and personnel security, as well as instructing all its factories, carriers, and forwarders to complete the C-TPAT surveys. Further, TAEC implemented additional procedures in its U.S. warehouse, which included access controls, regular security audits, and personnel criminal background investigations.

The certification process took about five months to complete and is said to have resulted in a reduced number of inspections and faster overall time through Customs.

"As a low-risk importer, we believe our strong relationship with Customs is a critical portion of our supply chain efficiency that ensures smooth product flow with minimal delays or oversights," said Lisa Cortes, director of logistics at TAEC. "It is also an important part of our corporate responsibility to play an active role in strengthening supply chain and border security."

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