It’s true to say that the number of AEO applications in the UK is well behind that of many EU member states. However, despite the shakeup of Brexit, it’s still likely that AEO will continue to be extremely beneficial to UK freight forwarders, shippers and importers – especially after the implementation of UCC. [Read more…]
As a freight forwarder, you will understand the need to operate within certain standard, regulations and legalities. Some certifications are legal documents and there are others that are voluntary, but they all show one thing – you are a serious player in the competitive world of export, import and international logistics.
How do your trade partners know you can be relied upon? Is it through a relationship, painstakingly built over a number of years? How do you attract new trading partners, convincing them you are a reliable, trustworthy business to deal with? Whereas as once a ‘gentleman’s word’ was good enough to base a business deal worth thousands, today modern businesses here in the UK and across Europe and the world are looking for something a little more concrete. You need to be convinced that you are dealing with the right people. And this, says the British International Freight Association (BIFA), is the reason why a business acquiring Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status has become more important in recent months.
Based in Cleckheaton in West Yorkshire, Sabre Ocean Solutions Ltd is a highly regarded logistics company that was founded in April 2010 and consists of a team of seven employees.Recently, Sabre teamed up with Synergos Consultancy, ISO and AEO process management specialists, as they wanted to acquire AEO certification (Authorised Economic Operator) status, which is an internationally recognised standard that verifies that your global supply chain is secure, and that your procedures and custom controls are compliant and efficient.
However, they did not have the time or resources [Read more…]
A recent study has provided some worrying results in regards to supply chain security. The study, which was conducted by the worldwide IT operations solutions provider, Tripwire, revealed that almost 50 per cent of respondents were not confident in the IT security of suppliers and business partners in their supply chain. This is a startling revelation, showing that many businesses are underestimating the impact this could have on them. By aligning with other companies despite security concerns, it indicates that a lot of business owners do not see this is a major cause for concern. Of course, this could not be further from the truth, and the underestimation of lax security from suppliers and business partners could have worrying consequences.
If you operate on a global or European basis, you will be aware of the need for a secure, reliable supply chain. Any weak link in this chain can spell disaster not just for your business but for others too. [Read more…]