We are BIFA registered! But what exactly does that mean?

British International Freight Association (BIFA)

BIFA is the prime trade association for UK registered companies engaged in the international movement of freight by all modes of transport, air, road, rail and sea, and/or customs brokerage. BIFA has approximately 1500 members in the logistics and supply chain sector, known generally as freight forwarders, who offer a wide range of services within these various modes.

Members of BIFA are organisations engaged in the movement of freight to/from the UK by all modes of transport: air, road, sea and rail. Some members are also providing customs clearance and other cross border services.

BIFA is a not-for-profit organisation, and is funded by subscription and run by its members, for members. It operates with a full-time Secretariat which administers and manages the Association’s affairs. BIFA members trade under a set of Standard Trading Conditions that are backed in the insurance sector.

The association provides:

  • Representation;
  • Information and Guidance on Technical Matters;
  • Training and Development;
  • Industry Promotion.

We are also AEO registered, and that means:

Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

The abbreviation AEO stands for Authorized Economic Operator and is a license for companies that trade internationally. The AEO status was developed by the European Commission so that companies and customs can work together better to improve the security of the international chain. The license is valid throughout the European Union.

There are two types of AEOs:

  • The AEO Safety Permit (AEO-S);
  • The AEO Customs Simplifications Permit (AEO-C).
In order to get an AEO permit your company must meet the following conditions:
  • Fulfilled all customs and tax obligations in the past three years;
  • No criminal record;
  • Sound trade and/or transport administration;
  • Financially healthy;
  • Sufficient professional competence.

We are a member of the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce.

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce is one of the 53 accredited chambers within the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).

The BCC is a dynamic and independent business network with Accredited Chambers in every nation and region of the UK, and in key markets around the world.

The BCC is an authentic voice for British business and a leading commentator on the UK economy, drawing on a powerful network that represents business interests in Westminster, Brussels, and in every part of the UK.

Accredited Chambers sit at the heart of local business communities, helping thousands of companies – of every size and sector – to grow and thrive. Together with our fast-growing global network, Chambers provide practical advice and support to British companies trading around the world.

Chambers are also working to bridge the gap between the world of education and the world of work, helping businesses find the talent they need and boosting the career prospects of young people.

Chambers help businesses connect, belong, and succeed. For over 150 years, our business has been helping UK businesses grow.