AEO status for John G Russell

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Scottish operator John G Russell (Transport) has been granted Authorised Economic Operator accreditation by HM Revenue & Customs.

It was awarded AEO status after a five-month review process by HMRC, which included an audit of the company’s internal controls and procedures, customs records, systems and IT security.

There has been a increase in applications for AEO status in the run-up to Brexit.

Lesley Batchelor, director general of the Institute of Export & International Trade, said in January: “Attaining AEO status will be a useful exercise for exporters, whatever our future arrangement with the EU will be. The application process allows businesses to fully examine and ensure that its customs regime is up-to-scratch. Doing this will also put businesses in a strong position for other customs arrangements, including the Trusted Trader scheme.”

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