AEO Status

Charles Kendall Freight was awarded the coveted accreditation of Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) on 25th February 2010. Charles Kendall Freight holds the highest level of AEO status and our Security and Safety standards have been audited and approved across our UK sites along with our written quality procedures. As one of the relatively few companies to hold this standard in the UK, Charles Kendall Freight have a lower risk score within HMRC systems and in turn our clients receive a "Fastrack" service through Customs controls. This puts Charles Kendall Freight in a secure partnership with HMRC within the supply chain. Our customers, both existing and prospective, can have a great deal of confidence they are working with a highly qualified and experienced company.

Benefits to our Customers

We can now provide you with EU-approved customs compliance expertise and services to guide you safely through all the changes which affect your import and export business including;

  • Legal, quality and efficiency savings
  • A fast track service through HMRC Customs controls in the UK
  • Proven high security and safety standards across all our UK sites
  • A secure partnership to HMRC within the supply chain

Background to AEO

AEO status plays a vital role in the security amendment of the Customs Code (Regulation (EC) 648/2005) which came into force on 1 July 2009. The amendment aims to ensure an equivalent level of protection through customs controls for all goods going through EU customs territory and stipulates that relevant security data must be provided electronically by economic operators before the goods enter or leave the Community customs territory. All importers and exporters operating in the EU zone must comply with the changes in EU law or face potentially hefty government fines of up to £2,500.00 / EUR 2,850.00.



C-TPAT - We are also members of C-TPAT through our US Agents which provides us with faster processing for US bound cargos.