11 May 2017

UK Port Achieves AEO Status  

Important Milestone for Historic Freight Centre

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Shipping News Feature UK – The Port of Tilbury has been granted full Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) statues, the internationally recognised quality mark issued by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HRMC). The Port says that it is the first multipurpose port in the UK to receive full AEO accreditation for security and customs simplification processes, a certification which last year the British International Freight Association (BIFA) recommended more shippers and forwarders should aim to achieve. Charles Hammond, Chief Executive of Forth Ports, owners of The Port of Tilbury said:

“We are thrilled that the Port of Tilbury has been awarded full AEO status. As the UK’s moves towards Brexit, this internationally recognised award is extremely positive for both the port and our diverse customer base who will continue to benefit from working with us under this quality accreditation.”

The AEO accreditation recognises that the customs controls and procedures at the port are efficient, compliant and most importantly, secure. It was awarded after a full site audit at the port by the HMRC which thoroughly reviewed the Tilbury's operational processes, IT, security, storage, procurement and HR procedures. Commenting on the award, Paul Dale, Asset and Site Director at the Port of Tilbury said:

“This is excellent and significant news for the Port of Tilbury as we are the first multipurpose port in the UK to be recognised with full AEO status. We have always provided an efficient and secure process, but this accreditation also gives our customers the reassurance that we have robust processes in place.”

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