AIT Worldwide Logistics' European Headquarters Earns Authorised Economic Operator Approval
Published on: May 24, 2017
The status endorses AIT-Amsterdam's commitment to cargo safety and security while broadening access to shippers who are also AEO-certified
ITASCA, ILLINOIS (May 24, 2017) – AIT-Amsterdam, the European continental headquarters for AIT Worldwide Logistics, has been approved as an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) by the European Commission’s Taxation and Customs Union.
After successfully completing the extensive approval process, the AEO status affirms AIT-Amsterdam as a fully compliant office facilitating legitimate trade and promoting international supply chain security. The particular approval for AIT-Amsterdam is a safety and security authorization (AEOS). By meeting a wide range of criteria and successfully demonstrating well-documented internal standards and compliance, the Amsterdam facility is now permitted to operate with fewer security and safety related controls while also receiving priority treatment for customs clearance.
AIT's Ria de Bok, Country Manager - The Netherlands (center), receives AIT-Amsterdam's AEO approval from Roel Bakker of the AEO Customs Office
AIT-Amsterdam’s new status opens access to AEO-licensed shippers who will only trust their cargo with logistics firms who have also received AEO approval. Likewise, earning the AEO status verifies AIT-Amsterdam in the European market as a financially stable supply chain management partner consistently meeting a high standard for cargo safety and security.
According to AIT-Amsterdam representatives, the administrative burdens that were lifted as a result of receiving AEO approval have generated more reliably rapid and efficient customs clearances. The process of receiving AEO approval also helped to strengthen the documentation of existing operational procedures which improved internal training programs.
Greg Weigel, Executive Vice President, Global Operations at AIT said, “We are proud of our team in Holland achieving AEO approval. This endorsement of AIT’s commitment to a safe and secure global supply chain is the direct result of the company’s Core Values being applied in our day-to-day operations. The steps to earn AEO status ensure high levels of quality and standardization within our process. Most importantly, our customers are benefiting from enhanced import cycle times and reliability through our Amsterdam hub to all points in Europe.”
About AIT Worldwide LogisticsFounded in 1979, Itasca, Illinois-based AIT Worldwide Logistics is a full service transportation management provider. With continental headquarters in Chicago, Amsterdam and Hong Kong, AIT’s offices form a vast network spanning the globe. By coupling a flexible business model with robust technology that presents end-to-end shipment visibility, AIT delivers precisely tailored supply chain efficiencies for almost every industry imaginable. Leveraging creative, competitively priced multimodal solutions, AIT removes the complexity from global logistics puzzles, helping companies thrive by regaining focus on the core goals of their business. For more information, visit www.aitworldwide.com.
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