Emirates SkyCargo obtains authorised economic operator certification

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March 1, 2018: Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates recently received the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) certification from the Federal Customs Authority, UAE.

AEO is a voluntary compliance and security scheme, which is built on the SAFE Framework of Standards to secure and facilitate global trade outlined by the World Customs Organisation (WCO). 

The basic aim of the AEO programme is to strengthen security and increase the efficiency of the supply chain in any cross-border transportation of goods. 

As an AEO in the UAE, Emirates SkyCargo will benefit from a number of advantages, including faster processing times for cargo in Dubai.

To procure the certification under the UAE AEO programme, Emirates SkyCargo went through a detailed validation process with the Dubai Customs. 

The evaluation and validation process, which continued for a period of eight months, included a number of parameters, such as records of historical, and actual compliance with regulations issued by UAE Federal Customs Authority and Dubai Customs. 

Other factors that were considered, included the security of physical infrastructure, protection against tampering or manipulation of cargo consignments and the traceability of shipment records. 

The AEO certification will help customers of Emirates SkyCargo to enjoy faster processing and customs clearance of cargo in the UAE, and other countries with which the UAE has mutual recognition for the AEO programme. 

It includes exports, imports and cargo in transit. Faster customs processing time will directly translate into swifter shipping and delivery times for customers around the world.

Nabil Sultan, divisional senior vice president, cargo of Emirates said: “Emirates SkyCargo is committed to the highest standards of service delivery to meet the logistics requirements of our customers. For us, the AEO certification is yet another step to ensure that Emirates SkyCargo and Dubai works together to remain at the forefront of the logistics industry as an effective platform for global logistics.”

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