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In a recent article Kevin Richardson, Chief Executive of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) explained why, after the vote for Brexit last year, the Institute is championing Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) certification.

AEO is an internationally recognised quality mark that is open to any company directly or indirectly involved in the international supply chain, however large or small. It indicates that the holder’s role in the international supply chain is secure and that their controls and procedures are efficient and compliant.

‘Certification can aid companies to gain a competitive advantage, recognition for professional competence and trouble-free border crossings’, said Richardson.

‘Created after 9/11, AEO’s improve customs and security and ensure a delay free passage. AEO certifies that a company meets the necessary standards in compliance, security and safety in the international supply chain’, he explained.

However, AEO is a complex, formal accreditation to achieve with a very low pass rate so far. Currently, very few UK companies have it. CILT is encouraging all organisations to get on with it now and attain AEO status. In order to assist the process CILT, in association with Morley Consulting, are offering general information sessions and targeted introductory courses.

‘With Brexit looming the AEO quality kite mark will be even more important to companies who do business internationally’, Richardson concluded.

For further information on AEO certification, contact the CILT (UK) Professional Development Team: T: 01536 740 166, E: pd@ciltuk.org.uk

Authorised Economic Operator Certification: In Brief

AEO is an internationally recognised quality mark which indicates that the holder’s role in the international supply chain is secure and that their controls and procedures are efficient and compliant.

There are two types of certification

  • Security and Safety – AEO(S)
  • Customs Simplifications – AEO(C)
  • AEO is applicable to all active participants involved in the supply chain in any way. The base standard is a World Customs Organisation scheme which is adopted, adapted and administered by local Customs Authorities.

Achievement of AEO status is not compulsory however organisations which do not have the status may be severely disadvantaged both practically and financially compared to those who do.

What AEO can do for you:

It encourages the use of other AEO certified organisations offering significant competitive advantage and market opportunities through its attainment
Can offer a smoother and swifter route through customs
Improves the efficiency and reliability of your supply chain.

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