DB obtains AEO status

On December 22nd 2011 DB was certified by the Dutch Customs Authority as an Authorized Economic Operator (AEO). DB has been accredited by the Customs especially thanks to the quality and reliability of the internal processes.

DB's AEO status proves not only to both customers and suppliers that DB controls its internal processes, but also that it is a financially healthy and safe organization; no fraud takes place and its administration is transparent. This all proves DB to be a reliable business partner. The AEO-certification entitles DB to simplified customs procedures.

With its AEO status, DB can be considered throughout the European Union and beyond as a reliable partner with regard to customs transactions. It also offers all kinds of benefits in international trading, such as a more flexible logistic processes and no additional delays resulting from customs controls.

The Customs offers holders of an AEO certificate the following benefits:
1. fewer physical and documentary customs checks;
2. priority handling in selection for a check;
3. the right to apply to have any checks performed at a preferred location;
4. in the event of a later permit application, previously checked criteria are not checked again;
5. intensified security process/policy on goods flows and personnel.

Especially world wide operating NGOs and Relief Agencies will benefit from DB´s AEO status. Delivery of emergency stocks will not be delayed due to Customs procedures. Just give it a try and find the difference: DB serves on a not-for-profit base!


AEO: Authorised Economic Operator

One of the main elements of the security amendment of the Community Customs Code ( Regulation (EC) 648/2005) is the creation of the AEO concept.

On the basis of Article 5a of the security amendments, Member States can grant the AEO status to any economic operator meeting the following common criteria: customs compliance, appropriate record-keeping, financial solvency and, where relevant, security and safety standards.

The status of authorised economic operator granted by one Member State is recognised by the other Member States. This does not automatically allow them to benefit from simplifications provided for in the customs rules in the other Member States. However, other Member States should grant the use of simplifications to authorised economic operators if they meet specific requirements.

Economic operators can apply for an AEO status either to have easier access to customs simplifications or to be in a more favourable position to comply with the new security requirements. Under the security framework, which has been applicable since 1 July 2009, economic operators have to submit pre-arrival and pre-departure information on goods entering or leaving the EU. The security type of AEO certificate and the combined one allow their holders to benefit from facilitations with regard to the new customs controls relating to security.

More information about AEO to be found here.

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