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Davies Turner gets AEO in Ireland

[ January 3, 2020   //   ]

Davies Turner Ireland (DTI) has been granted Authorised Economic Operator AEO (Type C) status by Irish Revenue, giving the UK-based forwarder the full benefits available under customs simplified procedures.

It comes under 10 years after the company’s UK parent company, Davies Turner achieved full certification (Type F) for all Group services including air freight, ocean freight, overland trailer or intermodal services, Customs warehousing, supply chain management and project forwarding.

Chairman Philip Stephenson, said: “Some of the tangible benefits we have seen from AEO accreditation include fewer physical and documentary examinations of cargo, priority use of non-intrusive inspection techniques when examination is required, and priority processing by Customs whenever security awareness is heightened and Preferred or Trusted Trader status becomes decisive.”

Davies Turner Ireland’s accreditation hinged on a new management system based on those already used by other members of the Davies Turner group for ISO 9001 to provide a structure for compliance with the requirements for AEO.

Every member of Davies Turner Ireland’s staff was involved in this process. Dublin staff did particularly well in taking on the challenge of introducing a quality assurance system, attending internal and external training courses as well as participating in internal audits to ensure evidence of compliance for Irish Revenue.

Stephenson concludes: “As the Brexit process and uncertainty continues, Irish businesses will need to continue preparing for potential changes in exporting or importing with the UK, as and when the UK finally leaves the EU.

“If the UK leaves the EU Single Market and Customs Union with no deal in place, all trade between Ireland and the UK will require full customs clearance and tariffs would be imposed on Irish exports to the UK and imports from the UK into Ireland. Fortunately that’s now considered less likely.

“Whilst AEO status does not eliminate possible tariffs on importation of goods, it can significantly help mitigate non-tariff costs associated with international trade in particular simplifying the importation and exportation process and bringing faster and more efficient clearance of goods at Customs frontiers. As such it should help with any land-border between Ireland and the UK, as well as trade with or transiting the rest of the UK across the Irish Sea.”