EFL International Distribution Ltd – the Irish agent of the U-Freight Group – has been awarded full Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status, following extensive audits from Irish Customs over the course of several months.

The AEO scheme is one of a series of measures being co-ordinated by the World Customs Organisation as part of a multi-layered approach to facilitating trade, whilst making supply chains more secure and controlled.

EFL International Distribution will see tangible benefits of AEO accreditation, including fewer physical and documentary examinations of cargo, priority use of non-intrusive inspection techniques when examination is required, priority processing by Customs whenever security is heightened, and ‘Preferred Trader’ eligibility.

Chris Radley, managing director of EFL International Distribution says: “We are pleased to have achieved AEO status. The accreditation covers full Customs customs simplification – security and safety. The AEO scheme will provide EFL with a quality mark, which will demonstrate that our internal controls, staff training, and procedures are effective and compliant.”