Ekol Recertified Its Quality with the TAPA Certification for Its Lotus Facility
The Ekol Logistics Lotus Facility has qualified to receive the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) Freight Security Requirements (FSR) Class A certificate, which is regarded as the most prestigious certificate in the global platform due to is high security standard requirements. The Lotus Facility of Ekol has subsequently become the largest warehouse with a TAPA certification in the Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.
The TAPA certification process is conducted by Bureau Veritas, an independent verification and certification company in line with the high regard paid by Ekol to rigorous safety standards. It covers the highest inspection level for personnel, facility access points, monitoring systems, high-value storage and other units.
With a storage area the size of 30 soccer fields, Lotus is also Turkey’s largest indoor logistics facility. Lotus boasts Ekol’s largest handling volume and employs over 1,300 people. At the facility, integrated storage, transportation, customs clearance and national delivery services are provided in line with customer satisfaction.
Lotus, which has already been certified to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and LEED, is preparing for a new energy investment in the facility while it has recertified its service quality with the TAPA certification. The solar panel investment on a 35,000-square-meter area will allow Lotus to self-generate half of its electricity needs.
What is TAPA?
The Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) is a cooperation between 600 companies working together since 1997 to reduce losses in national and international supply chains. It brings together global suppliers, logistics providers, shipping companies, law enforcement and other stakeholders. The Freight Security Requirements (FSR) is a globally accepted standard, designed to ensure the secure warehousing, or in-transit storage of TAPA members. The TAPA certification process is completed after detailed inspections by independent institutions.