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AEO Accreditation completes the Van der Vlist Total Quality System

The Van der Vlist Transport Group is proud to announce that on the 10th of May 2012, it was approved as and Authorised Economic Operator (AEO). The official handover of the Certification by the Dutch Customs Authorities was completed at the Van der Vlist Group Head Offices in Groot- Ammers on the 18th of June 2012.

The Van der Vlist Transport Group has had a number of management systems in place for some time now (ISO 9001:2008, 140001, AQAP 2120, OHSAS 18001 and ISPS). The AEO approval completes the total Quality System of the Van der Vlist Group.
The AEO accreditation gives businesses worldwide the peace of mind that the Van der Vlist Group follow globally recognised customs procedures for the international flow of goods to and from the EU. AEO is also available for companies in Japan and there is a US equivalent C-TPAT which has similar guidelines and requirements as well as variations in other states.

One of the major benefits of this accreditation is that the customs process can be simplified, a key factor for businesses moving large volumes of goods. This ‘speeding up’ of the customs process is possible as AEO certified companies have already shown that they are customs compliant, follow high standards of record-keeping, are financially solvent and, where relevant, follow recognised security and safety standards.

Dirk and Nico Van der Vlist, Joint MD’s received the award; Dirk stated that “The Van der Vlist Group has been working towards this approval since 2007 when some of our larger clients started to look at these customs procedures and accreditation’s. We set up a project group within the business, worked with the Dutch Customs Authorities and got to where we needed to be. Van der Vlist has been involved in customs and the international flow of goods for many years, so the knowledge and experience is embedded in our culture.” However, the AEO status held by Van der Vlist is different from others. “We wanted to include safety in the scope of the approval process. We are dealing with large and heavy items in dangerous surroundings on a day to day basis; it made sense to include this to allow our clients to have further confidence in our capabilities.”

If you would like to find out more about how this latest approval could assist your business with the flow of goods, please contact us on +31 184 606 600 or email

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