Leading UK-based independent freight forwarding specialist dap UK Ltd is delighted to announce that it has been awarded Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status. AEO status will be a necessity for UK freight and logistics firms to ensure smooth cargo passage across borders when the UK leaves the European Union (EU). This certification signifies dap UK Ltd’s professionalism and commitment to security compliance within the international supply chain, verifying that its customs controls and procedures are in accordance with EU Law.

Only five percent of logistics service providers who apply, are granted AEO status, dap UK Ltd spent two years planning and making the necessary refinements to its practices prior to beginning the application process. This certification demonstrates that dap UK Ltd offers the highest standards of processes, procedures and security, ensuring the integrity of the supply chain for its customers for every eventuality. With this status, dap UK Ltd is in the best possible position to offer continued, streamlined customs processes post-Brexit. Over the coming years AEO will become the standard that will be recognised throughout the international customs community as an indicator of trustworthiness, to continually self-regulate in order to adhere to HMRC and international customs standards.

Commenting on the announcement, Clive Julian CEO and owner of dap UK Ltd stated; “We are incredibly proud to have received this internationally recognised mark of quality. The extensive process of becoming an AEO means that a large number of applicants fail; the fact that we have been awarded this status is testament to our stringent operating procedures, our attention to detail and our commitment to delivering high quality service. We worked closely with HRMC throughout this process to ensure that we did everything we could to meet the required standards.

“Being an AEO is vital for us as a key player in the freight forwarding industry. Our certification demonstrates to our customers that we are committed to compliance and ensuring a professional, efficient service. Post-Brexit, it will be essential that organisations use an AEO-accredited company for their international logistics needs, especially if the EU and the UK begin operating separate customs systems. Logistics service providers that do not obtain this accreditation may struggle to remain competitive once we leave the EU. Given the current uncertainty surrounding the UK’s position within the Customs Union post-Brexit, it was important to us to ensure that we had AEO status as early as possible, so that we are well prepared for any eventuality relating to the changing customs landscape. Our status demonstrates that our security, processes and customs declarations will be compliant throughout the exit period form the EU, and beyond, and will ensure that the changes ahead will not impact the fast and efficient service we provide.”

This AEO accreditation further demonstrates dap UK Ltd’s ethos of ensuring operational excellence. Established in 2002, the company is a full trading member of the British International Freight Association (BIFA) and is First Point Assessment Limited (FPAL) Accredited. Providing tailored supply chain efficiencies for all industries worldwide, it works with organisations in a variety of fields including shipping humanitarian aid relief and military freight to critical global locations. Excelling in the delivery of cargo to anywhere in the world, on time and to budget, dap UK Ltd provides a dedicated single point of contact for the entire forwarding process, guaranteeing a highly personalised level of service and customer care. In addition to global freight forwarding, the business also offers express shipment services, NDC management, custom clearance and comprehensive warehousing facilities. Its extensive specialist knowledge and experience makes dap UK Ltd the ideal preferred supply chain partner.