(UPM, Westmont, Illinois, March 4, 2009)—UPM North America has achieved certification with the US Customs and Border Protection's security-based program C-TPAT (Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism). Launched in 2002, C-TPAT was developed to hold importers accountable for all facets of security as it relates to products being brought into the United States. UPM imports magazine, catalogue and label paper to the US market.
"UPM North America strives to be not only the most attractive provider in the paper business but also the most secure," said Angelo LaMantia, Director of Supply Chain for UPM North America. "Through C-TPAT certification, UPM is able to validate the security of our supply chain and assure customers that any threats or unusual events will not stop the flow of our paper products to them. We are pleased to be a partner in this important US Customs and Border Protection initiative."
The C-TPAT certification process requires that applicants have written and verifiable processes in place related to all aspects of security in their operation, including the physical work site, personnel, information technology systems and emergency response planning. This is the first of three certification tiers in the C-TPAT program and the level which UPM has now achieved. The next tier requires foreign validation in which CBP will visit a UPM mill abroad to inspect security processes offshore.
Sharon Pond, Communications Manager, UPM North America: tel. (630) 386-2681; email, firstname.lastname@example.org