DHL Express inaugurated its West Hanoi Service Center in Vietnam on 1 November last week and received the TAPA FSR Class ‘A’ certification for the new facility.
Representing an investment of approximately €2 million and spanning almost 2,600 square metres, the Hanoi West Service Center is almost three times the size of its previous site.
The new service center is equipped with an array of technologies to minimize carbon emissions and maximize operational efficiencies, including ‘green’ air-conditioning systems utilizing variable refrigerant volume technology, helicopter fans and electric vehicles.
The West Hanoi Service Center is also the 100th facility in the Asia Pacific region (excluding China) to achieve TAPA “A” certification by the Transported Asset Protection Association.
The certification reflects the highest level of security standards and denotes a facility as one that offers “elevated security protection”.
The TAPA certification is an internationally recognized industry standard that is given to companies that meet the requirements for secure warehousing or in-transit storage of high value goods across the global supply chain. The TAPA certification is only awarded upon rigorous audit processes.
In 2001, DHL Express received the first TAPA certification for the Penang Gateway in Malaysia.
“The term ‘resilience’ is the business buzzword of this decade, but a key cornerstone of resilience is security,” said Ken Lee, CEO for Asia Pacific, DHL Express.
“Customers entrust us with high value goods. We handle hundreds of thousands of shipments daily. Our relentless focus on security and regular training helps build business resilience for us, and our customers’ supply chains. The 100th site is a significant milestone and a testament to the dedication to building a great and secure place to work,” he added.
Tony Lugg, TAPA Certified Expert and Chairman of TAPA APAC said customers everywhere are increasingly demanding their logistics partners to build resilience and sustainability into their networks. “DHL has certainly proved that their network is safe, secure and certified by the internationally recognized TAPA Standards.”