Progress continues towards AEO status at iPort Rail
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Progress continues towards AEO status at iPort Rail

With Brexit discussions continuing there is welcome progress at iPort Rail towards their Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status.

AEO status is awarded by the UK Government to businesses who can demonstrate that their processes within the international supply chain are secure, and that their customs controls and procedures are efficient and compliant.

Those using them get simplified customs procedures and the possibility of fast-tracking shipments, so for iPort Rail it was a natural choice when reviewing the challenges likely to face their customers following Brexit – whatever the final outcome of the current talks.

Following their initial application, progress is being made, with site visits now undertaken by government teams assessing the security of their facility.

“Brexit is dominating the headlines at the moment and affecting business decisions up and down the country,” said Steve Freeman, iPort Rail’s Managing Director.

“Even though the final form of our exiting the EU isn’t clear it is likely to impact supply chains into and out of Europe significantly, so the more we can prepare and the easier we can make it for customers, the better.”

“The South East is likely to be affected most,” he added, “So our plan has been to complete this AEO status to allow goods to travel unhindered through the Channel Tunnel, or from Felixstowe or Southampton, and clear customs in Doncaster.

“Here, our facilities can process things more quickly and journeys can be completed by road or by rail avoiding the most gridlocked areas.” 


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