The USDA made FW Warehousing an APHIS Certified Warehouse, but why does that really even matter? Is being an APHIS Certified Warehouse important if a company does not import animal and plants from Europe or other parts of the world?
First of all, APHIS Certification means a warehouse has met the most stringent requirements set by the USDA as they pertain to protecting the United States from diseases, infections or bacteria being imported in to the United States from foreign countries. According to the USDA website:
“In the event that a pest or disease of concern is detected, APHIS implements emergency protocols and partners with affected States to quickly manage or eradicate the outbreak. This aggressive approach has enabled APHIS to successfully prevent and respond to potential pest and disease threats to U.S. agriculture.”
If a company imports these items in to the United States, they need an APHIS Certified Warehouse and why a company needs one is obvious. If a company does not import these items, an APHIS Certified Warehouse can only help. Companies may not require such high standards for its products, but it is important that the warehouse an organization use as their 3PL Third Party Logistics partner meets the highest standards not just the minimum requirements.
Second, APHIS Certification means a warehouse has subjected itself to government inspection. Many warehouses go uninspected every year. They may be unsafe or pose a potential threat to the health and welfare of the product or even to the men and women, who receive, pack and ship the product in a third-party facility. Even if a company or product does not need an APHIS Certified Warehouse, according to Bob Klunk, Director of Operations at FW Warehousing:
“You can rest assured that a higher level of quality is in place in an APHIS Certified Warehouse and a 3PL with [an APHIS Certified Warehouse] than without.”
FW Warehousing is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri with Midwest warehouse distribution centers in Kansas City, Indianapolis and St. Louis totaling more than four million square feet. Founded in 1949 with a focus on food-grade storage, FW later broadened its services to include contract warehousing, dry storage, hazardous material and chemical storage, temperature-controlled storage, product distribution and B2B and B2C fulfillment.
FW Warehousing has more than 50 years of experience in third-party 3PL logistics and has been ranked in the top 100 Third Party Logistic Companies in the country by Inbound Logistics magazine.