Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (HPH) subsidiary, Barcelona Europe South Terminal (BEST), was awarded the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) certifications of “Customs Simplifications” and “Security and Safety” issued by the Tax Agency (Departamento de Aduanas e II.EE. de la Agencia Tributaria), making it the only container terminal at the Port of Barcelona with this double certification.
The AEO certifications allow BEST’s customers to streamline paperwork, go through fewer physical and document-based Customs control points, and receive priority treatment at control and inspection points as well as advanced notice if their goods require a physical inspection.
Jorge Moreno, BEST’s Head of Commercial, said that “obtaining these double certifications of the AEO allows the company to add value and quality to its customer service. The AEO status signifies to customers that BEST is a safe and reliable operator across the European Union. In future, such Customs simplifications will extend globally with the mechanism of mutual recognition”