Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Business As Usual Post Brexit Says UK Port Boss After Certification of Quality Confirmed

AEO Status Achieved by Five Dock Operations
Shipping News Feature
UK – One of the few certainties regarding the country's post Brexit status upon which most people in the logistics profession are agreed is that achieving Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status is likely to be important factor in being able to trade more freely than otherwise. This certification assures the authorities that the operator involved has a secure supply chain with suitable efficient and compliant Customs procedures in place.

Now Peel Ports advise us that HMRC have accredited the Liverpool headquartered port operator with the internationally recognised AEO quality mark at a range of the company’s ports. These are: Clydeport Operations, the Port of Sheerness, the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company, the Manchester Ship Canal Company, and the Great Yarmouth Port Company.

Peel Ports is the UK’s second largest port group handling 60 million tonnes of cargo annually, and European shipping interests are of major interest to the group, owning and operating as it does six of the UK’s ports, plus a container terminal in Dublin, and providing short sea container services between the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe, and feeder services between the UK and Ireland through its own shipping company, BG Freight Line. Peel Ports Group Chief Executive Mark Whitworth, said:

“Securing AEO status across our ports is a significant milestone and allows us to continue trading as efficiently as possible with Europe. As a trusted partner to government agencies, these standards provide our customers with increased peace of mind that we are taking a business as usual approach. Crucially we now have the ability to minimise any dwell time across our network to avoid unnecessary disruption.

“While none of us know what a post Brexit environment will look like, we have taken assured steps to minimise any friction at our ports to keep our customers cargoes moving smoothly. Our UK port network is ideally positioned and has the relevant infrastructure to ensure we continue to trade successfully with Europe, the Americas and beyond.”

Photo: Clydeport handles a variety of out of gauge cargoes supplying the Scottish offshore wind farms.