New AEO sta­tus for Ex­press Trail­ers brings more com­pet­i­tive­ness to cus­tomers

Malta Independent - - BUSINESS & FINANCE -

Ex­press Trail­ers is the first Mal­tese lo­gis­tics com­pany to be granted the Euro­pean-Wide Au­tho­rised Eco­nomic Op­er­a­tor (AEO) Au­tho­riza­tion by the Cus­toms Depart­ment. This is the first time this au­tho­riza­tion has been given since the im­ple­men­ta­tion by Malta’s Cus­toms of the Euro­pean-wide Union Cus­toms Code.

Con­grat­u­lat­ing Ex­press Trail­ers for this achieve­ment, Joseph Chet­cuti, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral at the Cus­toms Depart­ment said, “The fact that Ex­press Trail­ers has been awarded this au­tho­riza­tion is in it­self a demon­stra­tion of the high­level of stan­dard in the ser­vices of­fered by the com­pany. This new sta­tus of AEO for Ex­press Trail­ers brings with it a num­ber of ben­e­fits to its clients in terms of its op­er­a­tions, which can add to the com­pet­i­tive­ness of the com­pany both at a lo­cal level and also in terms of its in­ter­na­tional op­er­a­tions.”

The AEO au­tho­riza­tion is granted to op­er­a­tors in the in­ter­na­tional sup­ply chain, namely man­u­fac­tur­ers, im­porters, ex­porters, cus­toms bro­kers, carriers, ports and ter­mi­nal op­er­a­tors who have achieved a high-level of stan­dards in safety, se­cu­rity and com­pli­ance with cus­toms reg­u­la­tions re­quired by the EU reg­u­la­tions. The AEO pro­gramme there­fore en­hances se­cu­rity through recog­ni­tion given to re­li­able op­er­a­tors and through en­cour­ag­ing best prac­tice at all lev­els in the in­ter­na­tional sup­ply chain.

Jo­hann Vella, Di­rec­tor at Ex­press Trail­ers, who spear­headed the process lead­ing up to this au­tho­riza­tion, ex­plained how this recog­ni­tion re­in­forces Ex­press Trail­ers’ sta­tus as a se­cure, re­li­able and safe busi­ness part­ner.

“To achieve this sta­tus, our com­pany un­der­went a rig­or­ous eval­u­a­tion process of its cus­toms com­pli­ance, its ac­count­ing and lo­gis­tics record keeping, its proven fi­nan­cial sol­vency and ad­e­quate se­cu­rity and safety stan­dards.”

Ex­press Trailer’s Chair­man and CEO Franco Az­zopardi out­lined how this au­tho­riza­tion is im­por­tant on two counts.

“First is the fact that we, as a com­pany, al­ways strive to ex­cel in terms of stan­dards of­fered to our clients, be­cause we are an in­trin­sic part of their busi­ness suc­cess. Se­condly, the au­tho­riza­tion is also a col­lec­tive achieve­ment and com­mit­ment by the en­tire team within the or­ga­ni­za­tion, a team which is ob­ses­sively com­mit­ted to de­liver and meet our cus­tomers’ needs. Ul­ti­mately, thanks to this au­tho­riza­tion, our com­pany now has an­other world­wide recog­ni­tion as a safe, se­cure and com­pli­ant busi­ness part­ner in in­ter­na­tional trade, which res­onates with our cor­po­rate tagline – De­liv­er­ing Trust!.”

The AEO was de­vel­oped to en­hance in­ter­na­tional sup­ply chain se­cu­rity and to fa­cil­i­tate le­git­i­mate trade. Op­er­a­tors es­tab­lished in the EU that meet spe­cific qual­i­fy­ing cri­te­ria, can ap­ply for and re­ceive AEO cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. Cer­ti­fied com­pa­nies will be rec­og­nized across all mem­ber states and, de­pend­ing on the au­tho­riza­tions they ob­tain, AEO sta­tus en­ti­tles them ac­cess to sim­pli­fied cus­toms pro­ce­dures and other help­ful trade fa­cil­i­ta­tion ser­vices in cus­toms con­trol and se­cu­rity.

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