Friday, May 7, 2010

Woodland Group Achieves C-TPAT Shipping Status

Company Looks Forward to Faster US Customs Clearance
Shipping News Feature

UK / USA - Woodland International Transport Co Inc, whose operations are headquartered at Lake Success, New York, has completed a year-long process to achieve C-TPAT security clearance.

The new status means that shippers sending ocean containers into the United States can look forward to expedited customs clearance which will benefit importers with reduced door-to-door transit times as a result of fewer cargo examinations.

Danny Callaghan, president of Woodland International Transport Co Inc, which is part of the UK Woodland Group, welcomed the awarding of the status and the advantage it will bring Woodland’s customers.

He said: “We are proud to be recognised by CBP as a compliant member of the security chain. It promises expedited clearance into the US, with fewer delays likely. This is a real pay-off for customers.”

C-TPAT (Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) is an established US Government-business initiative, designed to strengthen overall supply chain and border security by working in close co-operation with the key members of the supply chain.

Commenting on the certification, Kevin Stevens, chairman and chief executive officer of the Woodland Group, said: “C-TPAT is all about security. Our US operations have been put through a rigorous examination by the CBP, whose audits and examinations left no stone unturned in reviewing our systems and work practices.

“Now we have an advantage over those forwarders who do not have C-TPAT validation. Their cargo may be left on the quayside for days or even weeks before being examined, while ours sails past.

“Quite simply, this means a lesser frequency of Customs examinations of our inbound containers.”

Achieving C-TPAT accreditation is only the start of the process, however, and follow-up visits to the company will be required to maintain the status.

The news is the latest in a series of positive steps taken by the Essex-head quartered group, who recently moved to bigger facilities for their global HQ and launched a rebranding exercise for the company.