September 25, 2014
Meerbusch, Germany – September 16, 2014 – KYOCERA Document Solutions Europe, has successfully passed the on-site validation audits conducted by EU Customs and is now certified as an Authorized Economic Operator (AEO), a counter-terrorism and global trade certification.
Continued growth in global trade and increasing security threats, especially since the 11th September 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, impact international movement of goods and have forced customs authorities to increasingly shift their focus to securing the flow of international trade. Through this AEO Certification, KYOCERA has proven itself to have high-quality internal processes in place that protect goods in transit across the world by meeting the following criteria: customs compliance, appropriate record-keeping, financial solvency and appropriate security and safety standards.
KYOCERA Document Solutions Headquarters in Japan and Europe are now AEO certified with the Americas covered by C-TPAT. 'Completing the stringent processes to achieve the EU AEO and US C-TPAT certification demonstrates our ongoing commitment to providing our customers across the globe with the industry's most innovative solutions and the highest service quality and security measures available.' said Takahiro Sato, President of KYOCERA Document Solutions Europe.
Both the AEO and C-TPAT programs are voluntary supply chain security initiatives led by EU and US Customs Organisations focused on improving supply chain security for all organisations from SMEs to large corporations, with respect to terrorism. An annual self-assessment and audit by Dutch and German customs will be necessary to maintain certification in Europe, recognising that through close cooperation global customs initiatives can provide the highest level of security. The increased profile of AEO globally will ultimately result in faster movement of goods through borders, resulting in fewer delayed shipments and better communications with business partners.
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KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc. headquartered in Osaka, Japan is a leading manufacturer of document imaging solutions and document management systems, including color and monochrome multifunctional products and printers and wide format devices. KYOCERA's products are renowned for their unique long-life imaging components that provide greater reliability, less waste - resulting in a lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) over the life of the product.
The KYOCERA Document Solutions portfolio does not stop at hardware. A full suite of business applications and consultative services allow customers to optimize and manage their document workflow, unleashing the full potential of their hardware investment. KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc. is a core company of KYOCERA Corporation, the world's leading developer and manufacturer of advanced ceramics and associated products, including telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages and electronic components. During the year ended March 31, 2014, KYOCERA Corporation's net sales totaled 1.45 trillion yen (approx. USD14.1 billion).