Release Date: 09 February 2010
Release ID: 4534
Davies Turner & Co Ltd, the UK’s leading multimodal independent, has become a full Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) just 18 months after Davies Turner Air Cargo Ltd, became one of the first AEO-accredited companies anywhere in the European Union.
This means that all the services of the international freight and logistics group are now covered, including ocean, overland trailer, Customs warehousing, supply chain management and project forwarding.
The AEO 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.
Davies Turner & Co Ltd 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.
“AEO accreditation and close co-operation with our customers and overseas partners will confer increasingly practical benefits and so enable us to gain a commercial advantage over our competitors. The accreditation also shows our resolve to remain at the forefront of efforts to make the whole supply chain safe and secure for all concerned,” adds Mr Stephenson.
“Becoming AEO accredited is only the latest example of how Davies Turner sets the pace in ensuring the safety and security of our customer’s shipments,” says Mr Stephenson. In 2006, DTAC became accredited under the Metropolitan Police initiative AIMSS (Airfreight Industry Minimum Security Standards Scheme) just three years after it had become the first dedicated airfreight forwarder listed in the then HM Customs and Excise Tariff for the HMC & E-authorised Designated Export Place (DEP).
Additionally, DTAC adopted the Department for Transport Aviation Security Regime wholeheartedly in 1994, investing in special equipment and ongoing training to do so, again becoming one of the first to be listed. Davies Turner also provides advice and consultancy services for customers seeking known-consignor or AEO accreditation in their own right.
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