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5th July 2019 - Press Release

Port of Dover Cargo granted full AEO status in customs and security

Port of Dover Cargo is an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) for imports and exports, after being granted an official, internationally recognised quality mark for both customs simplification and security and safety.

The AEOC and AEOS awards (Authorised Economic Operator for Customs and Security respectively) demonstrate Port of Dover Cargo’s secure and vital role in the international supply chain. It has a particularly flourishing trade in perishables, transporting fresh produce from all over the world into the UK, and this status will guarantee quicker and more simplified customs and security procedures.

Barbara Buczek, Chief Commercial Officer at the Port of Dover said:

“Our Cargo Terminal is already unrivalled with its exceptional location and efficiency, and the business is only going to get stronger as we prepare to unveil our brand new cargo terminal very soon.

We are delighted to have received this official global quality mark, which will ensure our customs, security and safety measures will always be of the highest standard.”

Port of Dover Cargo will now have the official AEO logo displayed throughout the current terminal, and the new site, which is due to open later this year as part of the £250 million Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR).

Some of the benefits that these two awards bring to the Port’s cargo customers include:


  • AEOC - Faster application process for customs, reductions or waivers of comprehensive guarantees and undertaking centralised clearance.
  • AEOS – the Port has a lower risk score, which means fast-tracked customs control. It also has mutual recognition with countries outside the EU (for example, USA or trading partners that adopt the World Customs Organisation safe framework).


For further details, please see the AEO website


Notes to Editors

About Port of Dover Cargo Limited:

  • Handling fresh produce, containers, project cargo, general cargo, grain and Ro-Ro
  • Offering minimal ship deviation by operating at a strategic location next to the world’s busiest shipping lane
  • Quickest sea route to European motorways via Calais and Dunkirk

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