Key Certifications Facilitate International Growth

Key Certifications

Streamlined Transatlantic Commercial Trade

Hess AG, an international manufacturer of outdoor and architectural lighting, has received two key certifications for its Villingen and Löbau manufacturing facilities: Authorised Economic Operator F (AEO-F), which is a double certification for simplified customs and security, and certification as a Known Consignor. These certifications simplify the international trade of goods, saving time and money.

Streamlined Transatlantic Commercial Trade

AEO-F certification
The AEO-F customs certification makes Hess an Authorised Economic Operator, which offers significant advantages for the movement of Hess orders through customs clearance in the European Union. Hess' certification means its shipments will receive preferential treatment and customs inspections will become rarer. Since the USA also recognises the AEO-F certification, shipments between Hess America and Hess Germany benefit greatly, with simpler and faster clearance through customs. Planning of product shipments is now also easier and the arrival of products more reliable, allowing the Hess sales staff in the USA to guarantee deliveries, which is a valuable sales argument.
Known Consignor
Hess' certification as Known Consignor contributes to air travel security and provides advantages for its airfreight. In future, systematic control and additional inspections of shipments are unnecessary, thanks to the security declaration of the shipper, the "Known Consignor." A Known Consignor is obligated to implement and enforce specific on-premises security precautions for airfreight. This system makes the supply chain from the manufacturing facility to the airplane secure without the use time-consuming controls and additional inspections.
"Passing the tests and fulfilling the criteria for these certifications constitute a key step for Hess in our continuing internationalisation. Now, we can guarantee that our customers don't have to wait unnecessarily long for their orders. Moreover, additional time-consuming paperwork that was previously common when shipping is now significantly more manageable," explains Christoph Hess, Hess AG CEO.
New standards for the exchange and shipping of cargo
Since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, security for internationally shipped cargo has been drastically tightened. Across the world, new standards for the exchange and shipping of cargo are emerging. Certification systems have been developed and implemented to increase the security of freight forwarding. Hess AG's manufacturing facilities meet the comprehensive criteria for certification as Authorised Economic Operator F (AEO-F) and as Known Consignor. The plant in Villingen, Hess corporate headquarters, passed its certification test in mid August 2012 and the manufacturing facility in Löbau received its certification in the middle of October, this year.