Freight forwarder Rhenus Logistics UK is urging manufacturers and transporters alike to prepare for upcoming changes to the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) accreditation scheme on 1 May 2016.
AEO accreditation is an internationally recognised quality mark that confirms businesses are operating secure logistics procedures and that their controls are fully compliant with European regulations. These latest changes have been driven by the introduction of the Union Customs Code (UCC), which has been designed to improve security while streamlining supply chain processes.
The introduction of the UCC heralds a number of changes to how goods cross EU borders, with some transitional arrangements operating until 2020 for many operators.
The main changes from 1 May 2016 are:
- mandatory guarantees for most special procedures and temporary storage (TS)
- the ability to make some movements under TS rather than national transit or Electronic Transit System (ETS) – formerly the New Computerised Transit System (NCTS)
- the removal of the earlier sales provisions relating to valuation – but there are some transitional arrangements
- all communications between customs authorities and economic operators must be electronic
David Williams, managing director at Rhenus, said: “This is clearly a hugely complex issue that could have major ramifications on import and export processes, so we’d urge businesses set to be affected to speak to their logistics company for further information.
“The introduction of the UCC is one of the biggest shake-ups to the logistics industry in some time, and at Rhenus we are committed to ensuring the sector stays informed.”