Exertis has announced that it has been awarded the coveted Authorised Economic Operator (AEO(C)) status for customs activities by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), joining an elite group of around 700 UK businesses that hold this accreditation.
AEO is an internationally-recognised ‘kite mark’ which highlights organisations deemed to be a ‘safe’ operator with regards to imports and exports. Many large organisations insist on the standard as an integral part of any trading partnership.
As part of the application process, HMRC stringently assesses, amongst other things, a company’s finances, site security, shipping procedures, compliance with customs requirements and fulfilment of relevant legal and safety regulations.
Richard Hinds, Exertis UK & I COO, said: “AEO status effectively demonstrates that our role within the international supply chain is secure and that our customs controls and processes are efficient, compliant and meet international standards. As a ‘trusted trader’ we will have quicker access to numerous simplified customs procedures and authorisations and, in some cases, the right to fast-track our shipments through customs.”
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