GUATEMALA – ONE Banana, The Better Banana Company, http://www.onebananas.com announced today that it has formally become a member of the United States Border Patrol’s Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT). ONE’s membership is recognition by U.S. Customs of the Company’s continued commitment to protecting its banana supply chain, identifying any possible security gaps, and uniformly implementing best security practices in the fight to reduce terrorism.
ONE was selected for membership based on a rigorous evaluation process. Criteria included demonstrating past C-TPAT compliance history, exhibiting a positive security profile utilizing C-TPAT approved security measures, and validation of a prior international supply chain.
By virtue of its C-TPAT Certification, ONE will participate in security information sharing with other C-TPAT designees. ONE will also receive expedited import processing – allowing American Border Patrol Units to allocate valuable and necessary inspection time to lesser-known shipments entering U.S borders.
“We are thrilled that ONE has been selected for membership in C-TPAT,” says Fernando Garcia-Salas, Vice President of Direct Sales for ONE Banana. “Our certification is further proof of our dedication to ensuring a safe and secure global trade industry.”
ONE joins more than 10,000 certified C-TPAT partners across United States borders. It is estimated that these 10,000 companies now make up over 50% of American imports.
ABOUT ONE BANANA
ONE BANANA is a family-owned company with operations in the United States, Europe, Guatemala, Peru, and Ecuador. It has emerged as a leader in socially responsible and environmentally sustainable farming. The Company has implemented rigorously developed workplace safety standards, the latest water conservation and rainwater collection technologies and industry-leading worker benefits. Through its parent company, AgroAmerica, ONE Banana’s corporate social responsibility projects include providing access to medical clinics, nutritional programs, and daycare facilities that have benefited more than 19,000 people, across twelve rural communities in Guatemala.
Source: ONE BANANA