AEO status is an internationally recognised quality mark, awarded by HMRC, which means that the port’s Customs checks and processes meet international standards, giving the UK gateway faster access to simplified Customs procedures.According to the port, it is one of only a handful of UK gateways to be awarded full AEO status for both Customs simplification and fast track security and safety processes.“The award of AEO status means that the port of Tyne will be fully prepared whatever the outcome of the ongoing Brexit negotiations,” said the UK port’s ceo Matt Beeton. “Our customers will know that we’re a safe and secure business partner and that we’ll have streamlined arrangements in place to move goods across international borders quickly and easily.”Graeme Hardie, head of operations at the port of Tyne, added that the status “will, potentially, avoid delays, creating greater efficiencies, and will ensure goods are imported and exported as swiftly and securely as possible”.www.portoftyne.co.uk
‘A massive boost’The state-of-the-art facility welcomed players and staff for stage two of rugby union’s return to play training process – although it is yet to be completed fully – and the CEO says it provides ‘a massive boost’ for the Bears.”When you drive down the long driveway, through the trees and get the first sight of the building, it takes you aback. I’ve been blown away – and I’ve been working on it every week for the last year. For the players to see it finished, or nearly finished, it’s amazing – they’re delighted, and they were blown away too.“It’s a massive boost to everyone involved in the club that we’ve come to this new facility – and in fairness to the main construction company, Beard, they’ve done a tremendous job.“I’d also like to thank Steve May from Capita, who’s been on the job with me for the last year, for his involvement – he’s been superb.’No excuses’“We’re at stage two so this only certain things we can do. We’ve got restrictions on what the players can and can’t do at the moment, but hopefully in the coming months, we’ll get past stage two and into stage three and we can utilise the building to its full potential.“If you look at the branding around the building, Jon Lansdown has done a fantastic job designing it. As Steve Lansdown mentioned when he came here a number of months ago: you’ve got a great facility here, there’s no excuses for the players now.“With these facilities, certain pressures come, but I think they’ll embrace that. From what I’ve seen, the players have been very enthused and looking forward to the restart of the season.”
Menaye Muntari, wife of Black Stars midfielder Sulley Muntari has made a cash donation to Die Hard Supporters Union.The amount, undisclosed, is part of efforts by the model and winner of Miss Universe, Ghana, to ensure supporters troop to Equatorial Guinea and Gabon to support the Black Stars.Football fans have been disappointed with government’s failure to fund this year’s trip with the President of the Nationwide Supporters Union, Aziz Haruna Futah saying it will be difficult for the Stars to bring home the AFCON trophy for the first time in 30 years without the teeming support from fans.Menaye Muntari hoped the amount will add to the pool of resources by Die Hard Supporters Union to fly the fans to the venue of the tournament to cheer the Stars on to victory.The Black Stars will play debutants Botswana in their Group D opener on Tuesday.