FONTANA, Calif. (July 11, 2005) — Kumho Tire USA Inc. recently received validation from U.S. Customs in the government agency's Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT).
The program is a joint initiative between government and business designed to protect global commerce from terrorism. With the program, importing businesses establish policies to enhance their own security and that of other businesses in their supply chain, Kumho said.
Fewer than 500 of C-TPAT's 8,816 member companies have been validated, the tire maker said. To become validated, Kumho representatives met with Customs officials to verify and demonstrate Kumho's supply chain security measures.
Kumho said the validation will mean faster shipping times for tire dealers as a result of fewer Customs inspections and expedited release of cargo.
“We are dedicated to continued and successful involvement in the C-TPAT program because it helps secure the U.S. borders against international terrorism and also helps ensure that Kumho tires reach our customers as quickly as possible,” said David Hudrlik, vice president of sales and marketing for Kumho.