A recent Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) audit of procedures and security systems at a UK food manufacturing facility highlighted areas that needed addressing. This included security of the companies perimeter fence.

Part of the audit considers whether external gates and fences at a companies premises are well secured against theft, tampering and potential terrorist incursion especially when food products are being transported worldwide. The AEO certificate is an internationally recognised quality mark indicating that the companies role in the international supply chain is secure, and that their customs controls and procedures are efficient and compliant.

It has been reported that AEO certified companies see a quantifiable improvement in key-metrics, reduction of in-transit damage, pilfering and increased on-time deliveries.

FEG Ltd compiled a project plan to best address these areas and calculated the costs of the remedial measures needed for the upgrading and improving the perimeter security.

The photos show the before and after of the perimeter fence. The project addressed the issues and enabled the food manufacturing facility to achieve AEO accreditation.