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Ter Haak awarded Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status

Amsterdam, 19 November 2009 - Ter Haak Logistics (THL) has become the first company in the Ter Haak Group to be awarded an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) certificate for security and customs transactions. Customs West in Amsterdam presented the AEO certificate in recognition of THL’s role as a reliable partner in the international transportation chain. All other divisions of the Ter Haak Group are expected to receive certification during 2010.

The Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status is an initiative of the European Union designed to increase the security of goods transportation in light of the events of 9/11. Companies with proven reliability and a good reputation with customs authorities can apply for the AEO certificate. In practical terms it means fewer physical and administrative checks, and a priority arrangement when controls are carried out. This in turn results in fewer logistic delays and lower administrative costs for the client.

THL achieved the AEO status for all its logistic activities, including customs transactions, warehousing, transport and sea and air cargo. An internal project team led by general manager Jeroen Ploeger worked with customs over an intensive eight-month period to test all operational, financial and security processes.

Richard ter Haak, Director of the Ter Haak Group, is delighted with the outcome. “We constantly strive for internal quality improvement and the certification process has helped bring our organisation to an even higher level of professionalism. Moreover, the AEO status confirms that we are a secure and well-respected concern. And our clients will benefit from an even faster handling of their goods, while we can also ensure the security of these goods both physically as well as administratively."

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