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Posted 18th February 2019

What does it mean now we’re AEO accredited?

This month, Baxter Freight has officially been granted Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). International Freight and Customs Manager Brendan Pickering discusses how the universally recognised quality mark is positive news for our customers and suppliers.

The entire Baxter Freight team has been working hard on achieving AEO status for the past 12 months.

It is a fantastic milestone for the business and one that we’re extremely proud of.

We’ve passed rigorous checks on our internal systems and processes, meaning our customs controls and supply chain security procedures have been judged to be highly efficient, compliant and meet EU and international best practice.

For our customers, it distinguishes us as a reliable, trusted trading partner and means that their consignments will be safer, more secure and less likely to face delays.

As a multimodal logistics firm that works with a network of long-term partners, preferred suppliers and the wider freight market to ensure we select the most suitable products at a competitive price, this is also a message to other AEO accredited firms that we’re ready to do business with them.

AEO impacts all departments and not just those that deal directly with customs and trade.

Regardless of Brexit, it ensures the goods we’re shipping for our customers are moved compliantly in a safe and secure environment across international borders.

Having said that, in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit scenario or from whenever the UK effectively leaves the EU’s Customs Union, AEO will be extremely beneficial as preferential treatment from UK and overseas customs authorities will help to keep cargo moving as smoothly as possible.

It will also reduce the need for financial guarantees, lowering our transaction costs.

At present, there are more than 15,000 AEO accredited organisations within the European Union, yet only around 650 are in the UK.

We believe dealing with an AEO accredited logistics provider will become essential for our customer base when the UK leaves the EU.

This investment is just one of several that we’ve identified in helping us to achieve our ambition of being widely recognised as the best provider of customer service in the UK freight market.

Baxter Freight is a customer service-driven logistics provider moving goods between the UK and Europe and across the rest of the world. If you’d like to speak to a member of the team, call 0115 975 0400, contact us, or email enquiries@baxterfreight.com.