ABC Aluminum Solutions Announces Impending C-TPAT Certification to Greatly Facilitate Cross-Border Logistics Efficiency

C-TPAT (Customs-Trade Partnership against Terrorism) is a joint government/business initiative to build cooperative relationships which strengthen overall supply chain and border security. Benefits include reduced inspections and border times.

Initiated in 2001, C-TPAT Certification means that ABC Aluminum Solutions will have met at least 100 levels of criteria to obtain the Certificate of Compliance that is issued by the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP). This includes a full inspection by CBP, at the factory and at every stage of ABC’s logistics process.

To qualify for certification, C-TPAT Procedures and criteria include:

  • Service Provider Requirement Checklists (Carriers, Truckers, Brokers, etc.)
  • Internal Policies and Plan Development (A Manual compiled by ABC and  certified by the CBP – officially known as the ‘Memo of Understanding’)
  • C-TPAT Compliance Documents (Validation Process)
  • Risk Control (Theft, Threat, and Disaster Prevention)

Wadih Kuri, President and CEO, spoke about this today: “We have felt for some time that this is important for a number of reasons. Transportation and Delivery is our next area of major attention. ABC’s shipments to the United States and Canada are approaching 90% of production. We have been nominated as ‘Exporter of the Year’ for the past two years running by the World Trade Center in San Diego.

To receive this C-TPAT certification is not just a validation of absolute compliance with all the requirements that the U.S. authorities expect, but will tangibly improve our own control over the Supply Chain aspect of our business. For example,

C-TPAT Certification enables ABC’s shipments to move to the front of the line at the border and will streamline the entire cross-border and importation process.

Logistics is an essential feature to pay attention to, to ensure that our customers benefit from the fastest and most reliable delivery times possible.  We have  also implemented the training processes internally, that are an essential part of the C-TPAT Program, and we are extremely pleased with, and are grateful for, all the assistance and attentive guidance and care we have received from the CBP”.

ABC Aluminum Solutions, also known as Aluminio de Baja California, is the West Coast’s leading provider of beautiful, bespoke, high quality and economical aluminum products, and offers technical expertise for manufacturing solutions. ABC’s Global Headquarters are in San Diego County, California.

With an extrusion plant housing the latest high-tech SMS-Meer and Presezzi presses, a recently added and sophisticated fabrication capability, and a multi-million dollar investment in the latest, technologically advanced, vertical painting and coating plant, on 60 acres in the countryside, just outside Tijuana, ABC presents a unique and productive sourcing opportunity.

ABC Aluminum is ideally placed for delivery not just to Mexico, but also the United States, Canada and overseas. 85% of manufacture is exported, and that is heading towards 90%. ABC has been nominated as Exporter of the Year by the World Trade Center in 2011 and 2012, and has been featured by the San Diego Business Journal alongside Kyocera as “Tijuana: A Success Story”.

The company is  ISO9001:2008 Certified.

For inquiries regarding your manufacturing projects, and ABC’s advanced capabilities, and also to discuss the best pretreatment and coating materials and technologies for your particular project, please call a member of the Engineering Management Team at 619 308 7839 or email info@abc-aluminum.com ABC’s Website is www.abc-aluminum.com

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