Last year, Royal Wagenborg CEO Egbert Vuursteen received the Atuhorized Economic Operator certificate from Doune Nederland (the Dutch customs authority) on behalf of Wagenborg Agencies, Wagenborg Bulkterminal and Wagenborg Stevedoring.
Since the attacks on the 11th of September 2001 in the US, the international focus on security has been increased enormously. To improve customs control and to create a green lane in the supply chain, the European Union introduced the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) certificate in 2007. The AEO certificate focuses on safety, solvency and administration of organizations. Holders of the certificate are proven to be a reliable organization for customs, partners and (potential) customers. In addition, customs created a number of advantages for the holders of AEO status, such as fewer physical and documentary checks and any priority at customs controls.
To prepare Royal Wagenborg for an AEO status, Hans Hübner assessed the organization of Wagenborg Agencies, Wagenborg Stevedoring and Wagenborg Bulk Terminal against the standards for the AEO certificate. Where necessary, some procedures within the Wagenborg companies were adapted to the standards of the AEO. “Achieving the AEO status is the perfect prelude to work with partner organizations to create a green-lane”, says Hans Hübner. Other Wagenborg companies, such as Wagenborg Reining and Wagenborg Nedlift, are currently in the middle of achieving the AEO status and plan to be certified in 2013.