SMB Bearings gains AEO certification

Specialist bearings supplier SMB Bearings has successfully achieved Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status.
This provides businesses with an internationally recognised security standard that certifies a company as a secure supply partner — in adhering to the UK and EU customs control procedures.
The AEO status gives customers the reassurance that SMB Bearings adheres to all HM Revenue and Customs standards.
“Having AEO certification means that we can continue to grow as a strategic partner, while helping to standardise and continually improve our company’s supply chain practices, explained Chris Johnson, managing director at SMB Bearings. “With the ongoing disruptions that Brexit could bring to our international supply chain, taking responsible action now is vital, not only for our day-to-day operations, but also for that of our customers.
“Post-Brexit, our AEO status could enable us to obtain early approval to comply with the new UK customs regimes being introduced to control the transit of goods from the EU. “Knowing that we are forward planning and being continuously tested as part of the AEO certification process, will give our customers added confidence that our supply chain is robust, efficient, and speedy.”
AEO status can be obtained by companies involved in the international supply chain, who carry out customs related activities in the EU — including manufacturers, suppliers, exporters, and importers.

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