The visit by inspectors saw senior UFL managers, including Ben Leung, Compliance Specialist, who made a special visit to Hong Kong to provide U-Freight America with professional advice on the revalidation, meet with officials from the CBP to observe export warehouses and operations.
U-Freight America’s revalidation of C-TPAT comes ten years after it was first certified and seven years after it was validated in 2006, the same year UFL’s oceanfreight forwarding division, U-Ocean USA, was certified.
For UFL, supply chain security remains a number one priority, which is why the Group prizes U-Freight America’s C-TPAT revalidation.
This means clients can directly benefit from the fact that C-TPAT shipments are four to six times less likely to undergo a delaying examination and that front of the line privileges are granted to C-TPAT shipments that are selected for an examination.
At the same time, UFL partners in Europe are striving for accreditation to the AEO (Authorised Economic Operator) scheme.
Since 2012, the US and EU have recognised each other’s certified trusted traders, known shippers regimes and UFL is fully behind such recognition. U-Freight partners with AEO status in the EU include U-Freight Holland, Tracosa in Spain and Germany’s Alpha trans Luft- und Seefrachtspedition.