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  Last update: August 31, 2011  
The airline was again certified by the U.S. customs authorities for its policies and safety procedures.


The airline Tampa Cargo SA was again certified by the United States C-TPAT (Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) authority after the completion of a thorough inspection of its processes relating to cargo handling and customers, personnel hiring practices, security, information systems and technology.

The inspection was focused on the verification of compliance with various airline processes as defined in company manuals.

The CEO of AviancaTaca Holding S.A., Fabio Villegas Ramirez commented: "It is with great satisfaction that the Tampa team again receives this vote of confidence, which solidifies the airline's position as a leader in processes that guarantee security, as a prerequisite to all air and ground activities."

Tampa Cargo SA has been certified with C-TPAT since 2002 and has positioned itself as a security company within the supply chain in the air cargo industry.

With this certification, Tampa demonstrates its strong commitment to cargo customers. Thanks to the airline's partnership with authorities customers can count on higher levels of security when transporting their goods.

About C-TPAT:C-TPAT is a joint initiative between the U.S. government and the private sector. Its objective is to build cooperative relationships that strengthen security throughout the supply chain and to enforce border security. C-TPAT recognizes that Customs can provide the highest level of security through close cooperation with the owners of the supply chain: importers, airlines, customs agents, warehouses, and manufacturing companies. Through this initiative, Customs is asking U.S. importing companies to strengthen their security practices and communicate its security guidelines to their business partners throughout the supply chain.

About TAMPA CARGO S.A.: The cargo airline TAMPA was established in Medellin, Colombia in May 1973. Following the indirect acquisition of 100% of its shares by the Colombian airline Avianca, the companies now jointly develop the air cargo business. With 850 direct and 325 indirect employees, Tampa operates a fleet of four Boeing B-767-200 SF aircraft and has a direct presence in 30 locations in the Americas and Spain. Tampa Cargo offers its customers a wide range of benefits for handling perishable, dry or any other type of goods. Within its portfolio of services its highlights its infrastructure for the preservation of cold-chain goods and Tampa Cargo Logistics, a business unit that specializes in logistics solutions.

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