KONE Granted C-TPAT Certification by U.S. Customs and Border Protection


KONE Inc., press release, November 27, 2013

KONE Inc . today announced its membership in the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program, managed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). To be approved as a C-TPAT participant, KONE’s international supply chain security measures were rigorously evaluated to ensure they were implemented and followed in accordance with established criteria.

As a C-TPAT member, KONE will work to promote secure borders and international trade.

In exchange for following international supply chain security criteria, KONE will enjoy a range of benefits, including reduced inspection time for import shipments, a customs account manager for supply chain security, training and information sharing. KONE will also work to identify gaps in supply chain security as part of the program.

“KONE’s recent C-TPAT certification is proof of our commitment to safe and efficient global trade,” said Larry Wash, EVP and Area Director for KONE Americas “Our collaboration with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and its C-TPAT partners will contribute to a more secure global supply chain.”

Validation ensures that the C-TPAT participant’s international supply chain security measures contained in its security profile have been implemented and are being followed in accordance with established C-TPAT guidelines.

Founded in November 2001, the C-TPAT program implements security measures to protect international trade from terrorists, while promoting a healthy global economy. Over the past few years, the program has grown to more than 10,000 certified partners in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The program reports that its 10,000 members account for 50 percent of all U.S. imports by value.

For further information, please contact:
Kellie Lindquist, Marketing Manager, KONE Inc., tel. +1 630 955 4202
Eric E. Cannon, Director, Compliance, KONE Inc., tel. +1 630 955 4445

About KONE

KONE is one of the global leaders in the elevator and escalator industry. KONE's objective is to offer the best People Flow® experience by developing and delivering solutions that enable people to move smoothly, safely, comfortably and without waiting in buildings in an increasingly urbanizing environment. KONE provides industry-leading elevators, escalators, automatic building doors and integrated solutions to enhance the People Flow in and between buildings. KONE's services cover the entire lifetime of a building, from the design phase to maintenance, repairs and modernization solutions. In 2014, KONE had annual net sales of EUR 7,3 billion, and at the end of the year over 47,000 employees. KONE class B shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd. in Finland.

For more information, see www.kone.us