KC Shipping Awarded Authorised Economic Operator AEO Status
KC Shipping is delighted to announce that they have been awarded Authorised Economic Operator status from HMRC. This award and status confirms our approval certification for security and customs transactions globally. The award confirms our own organisational approach which ensures customs transactions match the legislation and provide our customers with a turnkey management process for their logistics supply chain.
Commenting on the award, David Milne, KC Shipping Managing Director said, “When the EU Customs authorities announced Authorised Economic Operator, we realised that it was important for us to align our business accordingly, to support clients. Additionally, we are determined to ensure that we support our own wider industry with initiatives which deliver a safer, transparent approach throughout the global logistics supply chain”.
A healthy international goods supply chain is essential for the industry, sectors and worldwide end users. Sectors and companies working with organisations awarded the AEO status, including; manufacturers, retailers and bonded warehousing businesses, are given the confidence that their goods meet legislation and have a seamless process to transactions.
“Achieving AEO status has demanded diligent processes and procedures from our end”, commented Dale Minks, KC Liner Systems and Process Manager.
He continued, “Clients entrust their consignments to KC, and they need the confidence that they are supported by an organisation which is committed to efficiency for their business. Legislative procedures for their goods are critical. It was therefore clear that adopting AEO status now gives us a competitive advantage, and our client base peace of mind”.
What is AEO status and what does it mean for clients?
AEO status is a prestigious award given to organisations that can demonstrate that they operate within the high standards demanded of an international supply chain.
EU member state Customs authorities grant the award to organisations which meet all the security and quality criteria.
If clients do not work with an AEO accredited organisation, and use a customs special procedure such as a bonded warehouse, inward and outward processing or end use, they will now need to hold a mandatory financial guarantee for shipping consignments. This process will therefore become more laborious and costly for the shipper, which will be passed to the client.
At KC Shipping, we welcome this change which is an initiative by the European Union to increase the security of goods transportation following 9/11. Our AEO certificate and status will improve practical aspects for our clients such as fewer physical and administrative checks, and a priority arrangement when controls are performed. Fewer logistic delays and lower administrative costs are some of the advantages that AEO status provides. Our clients will be safe in the knowledge that security is paramount for their supply chain.
A step forward for our industry. A positive solution for our clients.
Dale Minks added “Internally we focus on our own processes and continually improve our quality standards, which form part of our organisational culture. Security, safety, quality assurances and cost effective logistic solutions are paramount for our drive to partner with our clients and become integral in how they transport their goods globally.
Achieving AEO status has simply added to that value and we are delighted that our team has embraced the process and met all criteria”.
Many KC Shipping clients have already found the tangible benefits that working with an AEO certified business brings, and the advantages are already being relayed back to us.
David Milne added, “I am encouraged that the industry took the ‘step change’ of AEO. Our industry needs to challenge us to do things better and benefit our clients. This is what makes our industry robust and in turn improves environmental supply chains wherever possible”.
David concluded “A special mention needs to go to the KC Shipping management team and all staff who have once again proved that our approach of client focused processes is what consistently drives our growth and success”.
To find out how your business can benefit from AEO status, speak to a KC Shipping adviser at 0141 420 1700 or email .