The port of Felixstowe in the UK has become the first in the country to receive Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status, a mark of security and efficiency.
The European Commission introduced the AEO programme as an international accreditation for operators throughout the logistics chain. Companies that demonstrate sufficient management systems, a proven track record of customs compliance and robust safety and security standards can obtain the accreditation and benefit from simplified customs and security and security controls.
Clemence Cheng, CEO of Hutchison Ports UK which owns the Port of Felixstowe, commented: “Being the first port in the UK to achieve full AEO status demonstrates our commitment to providing the best possible level of service to our customers. It recognises the robustness and consistency of the port’s procedures, giving customers and UK Customs comfort that the high standards required to achieve accreditation are maintained.”