New Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) accreditation demonstrates robust customs compliance and supply chain security standards that are critical in a changing global regulatory environment.
Enhances speed and predictability of logistics as global automotive supply chain faces increased political uncertainty.
Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs) facilitate access to Far East and North American markets, supporting Evolution Time Critical’s continued growth in these regions.
Emergency logistics provider Evolution Time Critical has further extended its capability to provide rapid and predicable logistics in a global automotive supply chain facing increasing political uncertainty. Acquiring internationally recognised accreditations such as Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status provides business-wide opportunities, mitigating against politically derived customs disruption in Europe, while also providing opportunities in other markets.
“It is important not just to have the highest level of global accreditations, but to thoroughly understand how to use the freedoms they provide,” comments Graham Little, managing director of Evolution Time Critical. “For example, with our new AEO accreditation, one of the key benefits is being able to use the Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs) to broaden and simplify access to areas critical to automotive manufacturing such as North America and the Far East.”
Japan, China and the United States provide mutual recognition of AEOs through the World Customs Organisation SAFE Framework. “We’ve long established expertise in these regions supported by world-class systems and processes, but AEO status provides additional depth and further complements our existing toolbox and expertise in optimising shipments,” Little continues.
In Europe, Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status provides eligibility for simplified customs procedures, and a lower risk score which reduces the frequency of physical and documentary checks, enhancing both the speed and predictability of shipments. “We’re already certified to handle unstable and hazardous freight, such as that found in the battery supply chain, but AEO status will further streamline our offering to clients who expect their automotive consignments to travel compliantly, with the minimum of delay, in a safe and secure environment. The accreditation underlines the standards of security, integrity, planning and communication that have been a cornerstone of the Evolution offering for two decades.”
Little sees this aspect of the AEO criteria as a particular validation of Evolution’s approach, “timely and meaningful communication with clients has always been a big focus, but you need the data and infrastructure to support it. That’s where our control centres in Germany and the US have really added value, and the procedures implemented there have allowed an easy transition to AEO compliance.”