Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Freight Forwarder Davies Turner Awarded AEO Status

Company Gains Authorised Economic Operator Certification
Shipping News Feature

UK – Davies Turner & Co have achieved full certification for all their services including ocean sea freight, overland trailer movements, Customs warehousing, supply chain management and project forwarding. The Authorised Economic Operator initiative was implemented by European Commission Regulation 1875/2006, which took legal effect from 1 January 2008. In April 2008, Davies Turner Air Cargo achieved full AEO status as a stand-alone operation.

The group now has full certification (Type F), which recognises the standard reached by the company in the security of its systems and premises, as well as in ensuring its procedures and processes remain fully Customs compliant. Philip Stephenson, Chairman of Davies Turner, welcomed the accreditation for the whole Group and praised the joint efforts of management and staff in working closely with HMRC to achieve it:

“Our air cargo colleagues back in April 2008 were amongst the first off the starting block with AEO accreditation. We soon realised this was only an interim step on the journey to having full accreditation covering all our services. For our customers there can also be growing benefits in terms of Customs facilitation, as with CFSP.”

The AEO regime is one of a series of measures being co-ordinated by the World Customs Organisation as part of a multi-layered and long term approach to facilitating trade whilst making supply chains more secure and controlled from origin right through to final destination. In encouraging AEO applications, the EU is aligning with similar measures being introduced by other countries, including the USA, Canada, China and Japan. The scheme provides legitimate businesses with a quality mark subject to regular audits, which demonstrates the integrity of their internal controls, and ensures that staff training and procedures are effective and compliant.

Some of the tangible benefits of AEO accreditation include fewer physical and documentary examinations of cargo, priority use of non-intrusive inspection techniques when examination is required, and priority processing by Customs whenever security is heightened and Preferred/Trusted Trader’ eligibility becomes decisive. One of the purposes behind the introduction of the AEO regime is to create linkage and reciprocation with the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) measures in the USA.