Sonneborn Refined Products BV, Global Leader in Specialty Hydrocarbons, Earns Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Full Certification

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Sonneborn Refined Products BV, the European arm of US based Sonneborn LLC, becomes AEOF certified by the Dutch Customs Administration for its locations at Koog aan de Zaan and Amsterdam.

“Having AEOF certification enables us to streamline the efficiency of our overseas shipping operations”, explains Gerard Kouijzer, Sonneborn BV Logistics Manager.

With AEO-Full certification (AEOF) as of January 22, 2013, Sonneborn Refined Products is officially recognized as a safe and reliable company within the European Union, especially where Customs activities and plant procedures are concerned.

“Having AEOF certification enables us to streamline the efficiency of overseas shipping operations”, explains Gerard Kouijzer, Sonneborn BV Logistics Manager. “We strongly require that our partners providing services to Sonneborn Refined Products with respect to Security and Safety, also be AEO certified and to provide us copy of the registration certificate”.

The AEO concept has it’s origins in the US and the harmonisation on EU verification wide where, following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, many security controls were put into place for international travel. This incentive was expanded to include the safe and secure flow of goods in and out of the country. The introduction of AEO status and the centralised clearance is the EC (European Customs) response to the need for secure International supply chains and the introduction of Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), plus development of the safe framework of standards in the World Customs Organization.

The AEO certification offers the benefits of simplified declarations and fast tracking through customs control as well as centralized clearances throughout EU. International buyers are expected to move increasingly towards doing business with AEO certified European partners. In addition to the US and Europe, a comparable system is also operated in Japan.

For more than 100 years, Sonneborn has been setting industry standards the world over for the finest possible specialty hydrocarbons in Personal Care, Pharmaceutical, Baking & Food, Agriculture, HI&I and Microcrystalline Wax and many other applications. With manufacturing facilities in North America and Europe and offices in major cities throughout the world, Sonneborn is the world’s only specialty hydrocarbon producer that offers this global reach of expertise and depth of experience. Sonneborn LLC is owned by One Equity Partners (“OEP”), the private investment arm of JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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