CHICAGO, Oct. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Berlin Packaging, a leading full-service supplier of plastic, glass, and metal containers and closures, today announced its fifth anniversary as a certified partner in the C-TPAT (Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) program developed by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) bureau of the Department of Homeland Security. Companies certified through the voluntary and rigorous C-TPAT program not only enjoy the highest security consideration for their goods being shipped into the United States, but they also partner with the federal government in developing best practices for supply chain security.
C-TPAT member companies like Berlin Packaging are considered low-risk by the CBP and therefore their goods are 4- to 6-times less likely to be examined upon entry to the United States. Other benefits, including front-of-line status when C-TPAT containers are included in security examinations or when flow-of-trade is resumed after a security event, are also granted.
To become a member of the C-TPAT program, Berlin Packaging signed a formal agreement to work with the CBP to protect the national supply chain, identify security gaps, and implement specific security measures. The validation process includes submitting a security profile outlining the specific security measures the company has in place as well as allowing CBP to visit selected domestic and foreign trade sites connected with Berlin Packaging to verify its supply chain security measures.
"The celebration of our fifth year as a C-TPAT certified company reflects our commitment to putting our customers first," stated Andrew T. Berlin, Chairman and CEO of Berlin Packaging. "C-TPAT validation is meticulous, and it's extremely rare for packaging companies to pursue the application process and ultimately achieve C-TPAT certification. However, we believe this effort is justified in order to ensure the best possible materials flow and delivery of the critical goods our customers need. It's another element that reinforces our foundation for on-time delivery and operational excellence."
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About Berlin Packaging
Berlin Packaging is North America's premier Hybrid Packaging Supplier of plastic, glass, and metal containers and closures. With over 33,000 available SKUs, over 120 packaging consultants, and more than 90 sales and warehouse locations across North America, the company has the right products, expertise, and geographic proximity to help customers increase their net income through packaging products and services. Berlin Packaging supplies billions of containers and closures annually as well as warehousing and logistics services for customers of all sizes in all industries. It is the only company in its sector to be ISO 9001 certified, to have Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) certification, and to achieve 99% on-time delivery of its shipments every month for over nine years. Related services and specialty product divisions include Studio One Eleven custom packaging and graphic design, Berlin Global sourcing solutions, E3 profit-oriented consulting, Berlin Financial financing for equipment and capital improvements, Dangerous Goods transport, Freund Container & Supply convenience, and Qorpak laboratory supplies. The company can be reached at 1.800.2.BERLIN, BerlinPackaging.com, and on LinkedIn and Twitter.
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