Priority Freight’s UK operations gain AEO status at a critical time
Priority Freight, a leading time-critical logistics specialist, has further increased its capabilities by gaining Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) certification for its Head Office in Dover. This achievement means that all UK operations have received this prestigious accreditation.
Through AEO certification, all UK-based Priority Freight offices have passed safety and security risk assessments and standards. It also has physical security through secured external borders and measures to protect cargo units, and to prevent unauthorised access to storage, shipping areas, loading docks and cargo areas. These practices along with other measures have ensured they will obtain greater access to fast-tracked clearance at borders and reduced administration with high traceability of the flow of goods.
The AEO accreditation has been highlighted as an option to reduce delays in the transportation of goods in a post-Brexit world by the United Kingdom (UK) government. With an agreement on Brexit yet to be decided between the UK and Europe (EU), the significance of AEO status has been further amplified.
The internationally recognised mark indicates the secure role Priority Freight plays in the international supply chain, which supports their mission to add speed and flexibility to client supply chains.
AEO certification provides assurance that Priority Freight complies with the fundamentals which contains rules applying to the World Customs Organisation’s SAFE Framework of Standards or equivalent supply chain
security standards. The certification for the Dover office enables simplifications that will result in a more secure flow of goods and lower costs. The AEO accreditation will further increase the advantages and ensure goods remain freely flowing between Europe and the UK.
Andrew Austin, Group Operations Director at Priority Freight, comments, “Dover is a critical strategic gateway for the transportation of goods and the timing of achieving AEO accreditation for our Head Office gives our clients confidence that we are removing unnecessary obstacles that may slow the transportation of goods post-Brexit. AEO will help ease the process of logistics without unnecessary delays.”
Receiving this accomplishment for all UK operations and Madrid is in-line with the company’s plan to achieve AEO status in all of its European control centres during 2019. Achieving AEO status elevates Priority Freight’s ability to exceed client expectations whilst providing speed, reliability and security to clients. Customers can be confident that, with Priority Freight they receive complete transparency and peace of mind over their consignments even when faced with uncertain times in the logistics industry.