Kerry Logistics has gained Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status, giving access to customs benefits including inland clearance of goods.
Accredited companies are subject to fewer physical inspections and document checks by customs, and have priority status in times of heightened security, or in case of a strike, or any other disturbance, with benefits extending to VAT payments.
Emma Rowlands, strategic sales director of Kerry Logistics UK says: “As and when tariffs for European Union (EU) trade are introduced, then having fast-tracked Inward and Outwards Processing Relief (IPR/OPR) authority will be important to avoid duty payments.”
The trusted trader accreditation creates a competitive advantage by enabling a company to answer tenders from international companies with an AEO specification and gives effective management of, and reduction in, the risk of theft, counterfeiting, contamination or grey market shipments.
Rowlands says: “It represents the most meaningful solution, in that goods could be cleared at secure warehouses in Northern Ireland and Ireland rather than at the border, ensuring a smooth transition.”
Kerry Logistics customers can use an online tool to simplify the process so that the AEO questionnaire can be completed in a structured manner, with guidance notes, which are accessed through a series of pop-ups that appear with each question.
Upon completion, customers instantly receive an executive summary with a red, amber or green rating, highlighting potential areas of non-compliance prior to submission.