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Playing a secure and efficient role
in the international supply chain has given the Port of Tilbury accreditation by the Government.
It has been awarded a worldwide-recognised quality mark – the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO), issued by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Tilbury’s thought to be the first multipurpose UK port to win full

AEO status for security and customs-simplification processes. The accreditation follows a full-site audit by HMRC which reviewed the port’s operational processes, IT, security, storage, procurement and HR procedures.

The AEO status rubberstamps the customs controls and procedures at the port and identifies them as efficient, compliant and, most importantly, secure.

The second consultation stage on a proposed expansion of Tilbury begins later this month.

Views on Tilbury 2, which could be built on a 51-hectare site at the former Tilbury Power Station, including a new deep water jetty, were recorded during the first informal stage in April. More than 400 people, in five community consultation events, expressed opinions on the plans.

Port chiefs will develop the scheme in light of feedback received. More details on the second stage wll be released soon.

During this period there will be a further opportunity for the community to engage with the process before a formal application for a development consent order (DCO) is made later this year. Tilbury2 will act as a satellite of the main port with a roll on/roll off ferry

terminal for importing and exporting containers and trailers. It could also include a facility for importing and processing bulk construction materials. The project will also include surface access proposals to link the site to the existing road and rail networks.

It’s hoped that a Tilbury2 planning application will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate later this year.

Paul Dale, Tilbury’s asset and site director said: “This is excellent and significant news for the Port of Tilbury as we are the first multipurpose port in the UK to be recognised with full AEO status. We have always provided an efficient and secure process, but this accreditation also gives our customers the reassurance that we have robust processes in place.”

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