Authorised Economic Operator.

Meachers Global Logistics is a fully certified Authorised Economic Operator (AEO), under Certificate number GB AEOF 00054/10. Full accreditation covers both Customs Simplification and the Safety and Security standards.

This EU wide accreditation is proving increasingly beneficial to Meachers Global Logistics and its customers as regulations continue to tighten, not only at EU level, but Internationally. HM Revenue and Customs operates three levels of accreditation: Customs Simplification, Security and the two combined, Customs Simplification and Security Certification.

AEO is a voluntary compliance and security standard and is similar to the US Customs and Trade Partnership Against Terror (CT-PAT) that was introduced in the USA following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Similar standards are being introduced across the world and include such countries as Canada, China and India and many more. The list is still growing. AEO helps to enhance supply chain security by granting recognition to those audited organisations meeting the highest compliance standards in all aspects of their operations, and by encouraging continual best practice.

What are the key benefits of AEO accreditation?

  • AEOs benefit form simplified pre-arrival/departure summary declarations
  • An AEO who meets the security and safety criteria should be considered to be a secure and safe partner in the supply chain.
  • AEOs receive a lower risk score incorporated into a Customs Risk Management System, reducing the need for physical and documentary checks on consignments.
  • AEOs benefit form simplified pre-arrival/departure summary declarations
  • AEO status provides confidence to other prospective trading partners and authorities, similar to having a British Standards Kite Mark.
  • It is anticipated that increasingly tenders are likely to stipulate AEO as a requirement and that is likely to become an industry standard.
  • Participation in the mutual recognition agreements with countries like the USA.
  • Local clearance facilities are likely to be enhanced if AEO status is held.
  • Other benefits include:
    • More robust procedures;
    • Fewer delayed shipments;
    • Improved planning;
    • Reduced security and safety incidents;
    • Reduced crime and vandalism;
    • Improved security and communication between supply chain partners.