As part of its commitment to improve the efficiency and security of its supply chain worldwide, Magnussen Home Furnishings, Inc. has received its Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) certification from the United States Customs Border Protection (CBP) agency.
Developed after 9/11, C-TPAT’s mission is to detect and prevent terrorists and terrorist weaponry from entering the U.S., while facilitating the orderly and efficient flow of legitimate trade through the country’s borders. It is a voluntary program focused on improving security standards for international supply chains and ensuring U.S. border security.
According to Magnussen Home Chairman and CEO Richard Magnussen, the company began the certification process nearly two years ago as a way to ensure the integrity of its security practices and to communicate the company’s security guidelines to its business partners.
“In the past, our biggest concern was how to move goods quickly and efficiently. Today, in this age of global terrorism, security has become an equally important priority for our company and our retail partners in order to move goods more quickly through customs,” says Magnussen.
C-TPAT certification is a three-step process, including acceptance into the program, validation by the CBP, and final validation by the CBP after demonstrating best practices. Magnussen Home received certification after final verification visits, and extensive review of all security processes by CBP specialists earlier this spring at the company’s Riverside Distribution Center in Calif., and its Asian Distribution Center and factory in Vietnam.
According to Magnussen, the C-TPAT certification offers significant benefits to the company’s customers. “This certification is just another way in which Magnussen Home is meeting its goals of on-time, on-cost and on-delivery.
This, combined with the new technologies we’re putting into place to ensure the safe transit of our products across international borders, will ensure the security and efficiency of our supply chain worldwide.”
Magnussen Home Furnishings, Inc. designs, imports, and distributes medium- and upper-medium-priced occasional tables, accent furniture, bedroom, dining room and home entertainment furniture across all style categories for retailers around the world. The company brings more than 20 years of experience with offshore sourcing focused on quality control of state-of-the-art technology, workmanship, finishing and timely delivery.
Magnussen Home has permanent showrooms in High Point, Toronto and Las Vegas with state-of-the-art warehouses and distribution centers in Riverside, Calif. and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Its U.S. Sales and Marketing Offices are located in High Point, N.C. The Canadian company is headquartered in New Hamburg, Ontario.
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