Friday, April 8, 2011

Container Freight Group Awarded EU Customs Certification

CMA CGM Achieve AEO Status throughout Europe
Shipping News Feature

EUROPE – Ocean container freight specialists CMA CGM  has announced that all its UK-based agencies have now received the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) certification, aimed at improving the quality, safety, and reliability levels of the global supply chain. To date, AEO status has been awarded to 13 regional offices of the Group in Romania, Finland, Italy, Estonia, Poland, Lithuania, Netherlands, Latvia, France, Germany (on which the agencies in Austria, Czech Republic and Slovakia also depend), Ireland and Hungary.

The AEO certificate also offers many benefits including simplified procedures for intra-European customs declarations and priority for certified firms in processing goods through local customs. Issued by European Customs, this certification is a guarantee that a company’s procedures meet strict standards of security. It is based on a set of criteria that take into account both the safe transport of cargo and the operational quality of firms including security of premises and personnel, incident management and reporting, and efficient and secured circulation of information.

Graham Fraser, General Manager CMA CGM UK was pleased to have status confirmed and commented:

“We are proud to see that the many efforts made by the Group at European and international level in terms of safety / security have been recognized. The new AEO status guarantees our customers reliable, smooth and secure delivery of their merchandise.”