The Asia Terminals (ATL) building in Kwai Chung has been ISO 9002 certified by Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance for provision of warehousing leasing and operating services. Rufin Mak, executive director of ATL, said the exercise assisted ATL - certified in 1990 by the Guinness Book of Records as the world's largest multi-level industrial warehouse/container freight station (CFS) - to be cost effective and efficient in providing services to its more than 100 tenants. 'The reduced cost and improvement in efficiency has been passed on to our customers and shareholders of ATL,' he said, adding that earnings were quite good. He added that ATL was operating in a difficult market and faced with reduced cargo over the past few years as shippers moved to Shenzhen and neighbouring ports. Despite this, ATL was performing well ahead of the market and enjoyed a 95 per cent occupancy rate, Mr Mak said. ATL managing director Allen Lee Yiu-kwong said ATL's rentals were competitive at an average of $12-$14 per square foot. Customers were attracted to ATL by the security, worldwide reputation and the range of logistics services it could provide, Mr Mak said. He said the company assisted its tenants when they had spillover cargo and faced problems of vehicle flow management. The scope of the ISO 9002 provision of warehousing leasing and operating services included facility maintenance, sales and marketing, property management services, traffic and security and CFS and storage operations. Preparation for the exercise, which began in July last year, ended in April when the final audit took place. The exercise included preparation, documentation, preliminary audit, formation of internal audit team and training, conducting internal audits, pre-assessment and taking corrective action. Mr Mak said the traffic and security control of the complex with a total floor space of nine million sq ft was important as more than 2,000 vehicles entered the building daily and during the peak period there could be 2,700-3,000 vehicles. ATL was working with customers to open similar facilities in Shanghai, Shenzhen and Tianjin next year, ATL chairman Edward Aldridge said. Customers include major multinational corporations such as McDonald's, Mercedes Benz, Duty Free Shoppers, IBM, Philip Morris, Wellcome and Toys 'R' Us. Mr Aldridge said many customers were looking for expansion opportunities in China and ATL was responding to support those plans.