March 31, 2008
Estes becomes one of the first major LTL carriers To become TSA-security compliant
Richmond, VA—Estes, a premier freight transportation provider, announced today that it is one of the first major LTL carriers whose processes and training now meet the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) requirements for air cargo transportation. All drivers and other key personnel who have access to freight being transported to commercial and cargo aircraft have been trained and tested according to the TSA’s specifications.
To maintain security compliance, the company must retrain and retest at scheduled intervals. The actual compliance practices themselves include detailed visual cargo inspections, locked and monitored vehicles from pickup until delivery to the air carrier and a verification process that ensures freight is tendered at a designated shipper site directly from an authorized representative of the shipper. To enforce compliance, the TSA performs random audits to monitor procedures and testing.
Estes COO Billy Hupp explained, “The security of our customers' goods is always our highest priority, whether it’s bound for the airport or the next town. That’s why we have taken an aggressive stance in making our operations secure. This is a pace-setting move by the company, and we are proud to be an industry leader with respect to freight security.”
Richmond, VA-based Estes is a full-service transportation provider offering coast-to-coast North American coverage. Founded in 1931 by W.W. Estes, the company is still owned and operated by the Estes family. During the past 77 years, Estes has grown from a small, local carrier into one of the most respected multiregional, less-than-truckload and truckload transportation systems in the country. Estes now employs nearly 13,000 people and boasts an inventory of more than 30,000 pieces of power equipment and trailers. With a network of almost 200 terminals, the company offers direct service to all 50 states and the Caribbean and also serves all 10 Canadian provinces and major commercial markets in Mexico.