More than 60 delegates attended the International Transport & Logistics event on April 11th, produced jointly by EMITA and the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT).

This was the first time the two associations had partnered together to produce an event which attracted members and presenters from EMITA & CILT, and invited guests. It was hosted by Primark, at their Kettering Distribution Centre, who also provided a tour of the DC.

The event was aimed at all organisations involved in international trade (export and import) who have transportation of goods as a critical part of their production and supply chain, and who are involved in customs authorisations.

Against the background of the current negotiations with the EU, it examined the challenges and issues relating to customs and border controls and looked in detail at the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) standard. Kevin Richardson, Chief Executive of CILT commented on the event saying, “AEO certification can aid companies to gain a competitive advantage, recognition for professional competence and trouble-free border crossings. As such this event is of significance to those involved in any aspect of international transport and logistics.”

Presenters included Neil Gould FCILT and Director of Kerr Dunvegan Ltd; EMITA member, David Hooper and Director of Independent Freight Solutions Ltd (an AEO accredited organisation), and Conan Busby, Aviation Development Manager at East Midlands Airport. Ronnie Bennett, UK Customs Manager for Primark presented a case study detailing their AEO accreditation experience.

Delegates praised the highly practical, timely and relevant content:

EMITA member, John Street of Agilitas, commented ‘It was an interesting event that was well worthwhile. We will look at AEO’.

CILT member, Phil Pettitt of Model Logic, agreed ‘It was a very informative and enjoyable event’.

The speaker slides for the International Transport & Logistics event can be downloaded here

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