Emirates SkyCargo has become a certified member of the UAE Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) programme, with customers expected to benefit from faster shipping and delivery times.
The certification was awarded by the Federal Customs Authority of the UAE government, and the AEO programme is a voluntary compliance and security scheme that builds on the SAFE Framework of Standards to secure and facilitate global trade outlined by the World Customs Organization (WCO).
The aim of the programme is to strengthen security and increase efficiency of the supply chain in any cross-border transportation of goods, and Emirates SkyCargo will benefit from advantages including faster processing times in Dubai.
Customers will benefit from faster processing and customs clearance in the UAE and other countries with which the UAE has mutual recognition for the programme including exports, imports and transit cargo.
Emirates divisional senior vice president for cargo, Nabil Sultan says: “Emirates SkyCargo is committed to the highest standards of service delivery in meeting the logistics requirements of our customers.
“For us, the AEO certification is yet another step to ensure that Emirates SkyCargo and Dubai work together to remain at the forefront of the logistics industry as an effective platform for global logistics.”
To gain certification, Emirates SkyCargo had to undergo a detailed validation process with Dubai Customs, which lasted for over eight months and evaluated the carrier against a number of parameters including records of historical and actual compliance with regulations issued by the UAE Federal Customs Authority and Dubai Customs.
Other factors were also considered including security of physical infrastructure, protection against tampering or manipulation of cargo consignments and the traceability of shipment records.
Emirates SkyCargo’s compliance to AEO standards will be monitored on a continuous basis by customs authorities.