PHILADELPHIA, BANGKOK, January 7, 2014 — BDP International (BDP) today announced its Thailand offices have been awarded Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) certification by the Thailand Customs Department. AEO is a supply chain security program developed by the member states of the European Union. In Thailand, the AEO certification is issued by Thailand Customs which follows the strict controls established by the World Customs Organization.
AEO is considered to be the European equivalent of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) developed by customs authorities in the United States. Only a select number of companies in Thailand have been invited to apply for the certification.
BDP Thailand's customers will benefit from streamlined customs procedures and a fast-tracking of processes. The AEO benefits include faster qualification for simplified customs procedures; notification when cargo has been selected for visitation; and a minimal data set for summary declarations at entry and departure.
In addition, less data is required for brief customs visitations; physical and administrative visitations are fewer; planned visitations are given high priority; and shippers have a free choice of where goods must be presented for customs visitation. AEO certification also provides exemption from or reduction of customs bails, bank guaranties and other security controls.
Stefan Krebs, BDP's Thailand country manager said the accreditation comes after an extensive audit of BDP's security measures by the Thai customs authorities.
“BDP received the AEO certification after an extensive year-long audit process,” he explained. “It lets our customers and border authorities know that BDP is a reliable and trusted partner for all their logistics needs in and out of Europe. It also puts BDP Thailand in an elite group of companies that can meet the highest standards of supply chain security.”
About BDP International
BDP International is one of the leading privately held freight logistics/transportation management firms based in the U.S. It operates freight logistics centers in more than 20 cities throughout North America and a network of subsidiaries, joint ventures and strategic partnerships in nearly 140 countries. The company serves more than 4,000 customers worldwide. Clients include Bayer, Dow, DuPont, Heineken USA, Honeywell, Johnson & Johnson, Revlon, Trek Bicycle, and others. BDP provides a range of services, including ocean, air and ground transportation; lead logistics process analysis, design and management; export freight forwarding; import customs clearance and regulatory compliance; project logistics; warehousing/consolidation/distribution; and its web-based BDPSmart® suite of shipping transaction/tracking management and visibility applications. For more information visit: www.bdpinternational.com.
About BDP (Asia Pacific)
Singapore is the Regional Headquarters for BDP’s operations in South East Asia and the Pacific. The Singapore office was established in 1995 with a staff of just eight people working in a shared office with a borrowed fan and typewriter. Today, BDP’s Singapore office employs 122 logistics professionals in three locations around the island. The Singapore office expedites more than 40,000 shipments a year for hundreds of customers in a range of industries including chemicals and consumer goods.
In addition to Singapore, BDP has more than 40 offices in 12 countries in Asia Pacific and the Middle East including China (Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Tianjin, Dalian, Qingdao, Ningbo, Shenzhen), Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea (Busan, Incheon, Seoul, Ulsan), India (Mumbai, New Delhi, Calcutta, Pune, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Baroda), United Arab Emirates (Dubai, Abu Dhabi), Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur, Kerteh, Kertih, Kuantan, Penang, Port Klang), Indonesia (Balikpapan, Batam, Jakarta, Medan, Semarang, Surabaya), Thailand (Bangkok, Phuket), and Australia (Melbourne, Sydney, Queensland) and Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi/Hai Phong, Danang.)