Sheffield Forgemasters has secured an internationally recognised trade certificate in preparation for post-Brexit operations.
Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) customs simplification certification helps businesses with international consignments receiving priority treatment for customs controls and faster customs simplifications and authorisations processes.
Sheffield Forgemasters, which can export up to 80 per cent per cent of its products depending on market demand, met the AEO criteria after a two-year process, which included on-site auditing by HMRC to ensure that the company has the required procedures and controls in place.
“Securing our AEO certificate is an important milestone for the company and goes a long way to ensuring that our exports go unhindered once we leave the EU single market,” said Gareth Barker, Director of Customer Programmes at Sheffield Forgemasters.
“It has taken two years of diligent work by our internal export control team to ensure that we met the required standards set by HMRC to gain AEO accreditation, but this will bring significant benefits to the business and our international trading partners.
“What AEO status demonstrates to the global business world, is that Sheffield Forgemasters has a secure international supply chain standing and customs procedures in place which meet both UK and EU standards.”
Authorised Economic Operator status is an internationally recognised quality mark. Sheffield Forgemasters have become one of a handful of UK companies to secure the mark.