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Customs and Excise Department accredits DHL for safety and security

The forwarder was able to meet all of the three general criteria and all the nine security and safety criteria.

DHL Global Forwarding, the air and sea freight specialist within the Deutsche Post DHL Group, is one of the first logistics companies to be accredited by the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Customs and Excise Department with the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Certificate S in Security and Safety.

With the AEO Certificate, DHL Global Forwarding can enjoy substantial customs facilitation benefits including priority treatment of consignments, reduced chance of customs physical examination of goods, priority from other countries for green light to export cargoes to their territories in security alert situations or after a security incident and implications and recognition as a secure and safe business partner – an industry “kite mark”.

“DHL Global Forwarding Hong Kong met all of the three general criteria and all the nine security and safety criteria required to be awarded the highest level of AEO,” said Mr. Edward Hui, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding, Hong Kong, Macau and South China. “This new accreditation highlights our determination in offering reliable and efficient services to customers, by leveraging the entitled benefits when their goods enter or leave Hong Kong”.

The Hong Kong AEO programme is a customs-business partnership that aims to strengthen the international supply chain. Companies such as DHL Global Forwarding that specialize in the international movement of goods and are willing to comply with pre-determined security standards and best practices can become AEOs and enjoy appropriate incentives given by customs authority’s security, according to a DHL report.

Additional indirect benefits resulting from AEO’s investment in improving the security and safety of their supply chains, include reduced theft and losses, improved confidence, security and communication with partners in the supply chain; and mutual recognition with other countries that adopt the World Customs Organization SAFE Framework of Standards to Secure and Facilitate Global Trade.

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