UNO Conference on logistics operator responsibility


The Deputy Director General of Airports said that air freight has enormous growth potential in Spain

• The Director General of Customs and Special Taxes, María del Pilar Jurado, highlights the value of the figure of the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

The head of the Ministry of Development said that Spain ranks ninth in the world in freight transport and recalled that last year AENA recorded more than 685,000 tonnes of cargo, representing 7.2% over the same period the previous year. “We have enormous growth potential, as a result”. He also said the capacity at our airports and the availability of infrastructures and their quality favour this growth.

The aforementioned conference analysed the effectiveness of the accredited agent, the known consignor and the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) and analysed how to improve the effectiveness of air cargo companies, while complying with security regulations and customs formalities. The Secretary General of the UNO, Francisco Aranda, said “cargo transported by air has a particularly important value that demands high speed mobility so, the search for process improvement must be a permanent task and, in that sense, I appreciate the willingness of the representative of Development”.

The business meeting was closed by the Director of Customs and Special Taxes, María del Pilar Jurado, who highlighted the advantages of the Authorised Economic Operator and advanced some initiatives that her department was working on. She pointed out that “Spanish companies are far more prepared than what we believe and this is a simple process that requires very little investment. The benefits outweigh the investment. There are already 638 accredited companies and we hope that there will be more and more”.

Apart from the European Union where the AEO is recognised, there are countries such as Switzerland and Norway where they are also recognised because of the similarity in laws. In Japan there is also an agreement that is working. “We are working to expand the countries where they are recognised and are confident that there will be many more in the near future”, concluded the Director General of Customs.

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