Peel Ports Group, one of the UK’s leading port operators, has been accredited with the quality mark of Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customers HMRC. The port operator said that achieving the AEO status was a “significant milestone” especially on the path towards Brexit.
The AEO accreditation recognises that operator’s customs controls and procedures are efficient and meet the EU benchmarks to safeguard goods passing through the international supply chain.
The Liverpool based port operator has achieved AEO status for the ports of Clydeport Operations Limited, Port of Sheerness Limited, The Mersey Docks and Harbour Company Limited, The Manchester Ship Canal Company Limited’ and Great Yarmouth Port Company Limited.
Mark Whitworth, Chief Executive at Peel Ports Group said, “Securing AEO status across our ports is a significant milestone and allows us to continue trading as efficiently as possible with Europe.
“As a trusted partner to government agencies, these standards provide our customers with increased peace of mind that we are taking a business as usual approach. Crucially we now have the ability to minimise any dwell time across our network to avoid unnecessary disruption.
“While none of us know what a post Brexit environment will look like, we have taken assured steps to minimise any friction at our ports to keep our customers cargoes moving smoothly.
“Our UK port network is ideally positioned and has the relevant infrastructure to ensure we continue to trade successfully with Europe, the Americas and beyond.