Legal News : U.S. and EU to harmonize air safety rules
A big step for the movement of goods across the "big pond": On 1 July 2012 shall enter an agreement between the European Union and the United States in force, in which they recognize their respective aviation security initiatives against each other. The European certification as an "Authorized Economic Operator" (AEO) and the U.S. Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism "(C-TPAT) then apply equally on both sides of the Atlantic.
Companies in the EU AEO - in Germany "AEO" (AEO) - are recognized, can look forward to benefits from the export to the U.S. market. In return, apply for C-TPAT certified members of the facilitation of imports into the EU.
The TNT Express GmbH is the German customs authorities since 2010 been recognized as an AEO. This will benefit all customers of the transport service of the perks that TNT Express enjoys a "reliable partner" in the international supply chain - faster customs clearance, priority in security checks, "leaner" records in the electronic pre-registration, etc.
The new agreement between the EU and the U.S. all these benefits are now automatically available for all companies that send by TNT Express to North America. Another positive effect is that the European and U.S. authorities hope to gain additional profit from a further security and exports, as the customs authorities can now concentrate on the actual risk areas.
Other non-EU countries such as Switzerland, Norway and Japan, the AEO certification have also been recognized each other, with China is currently negotiating a similar agreement.
( Source TNT Express DE )