Harwich International Port has been awarded Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). The port’s authorisation recognises the high standards achieved and maintained in relation to the movement of goods and the application of Customs procedures.
AEO status is an internationally recognised quality mark indicating that an operator’s role in the international supply chain is secure, and that its customs controls and procedures are efficient and compliant.
Commenting on the designation, Daren Taylor, General Manager of Harwich International Port, said:
“The AEO application procedure is extremely thorough and this certification provides an assurance to shippers that procedures at Harwich are of the highest standard. AEO accreditation can help simplify administrative procedures for goods being moved internationally and helps remove risk from supply chains.”
The AEO regime operates under the EU’s Union Customs Code and is administered in the UK by HMRC. AEO status gives quicker access to certain simplified customs procedures and in some cases the right to ‘fast-track’ shipments through some customs procedures.
The achievement by Harwich International Port follows its sister port at Felixstowe which was the first UK port to receive full AEO status in September 2014.