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Chemicals Group Receives Customs Certification

A special certificate recognizing the quality of Akzo Nobel Chemicals' customs procedures has been presented in Sweden.

Akzo Nobel Chemicals has received quality assurance recognition for its handling of customs procedures.

The Quality Assurance Certificate was awarded by the Swedish Customs Service as part of its Stairway® initiative. This gives companies engaged in the business of import and export the opportunity to have their routines for handling customs procedures quality assured, thus obtaining faster and simpler customs clearance.

The system also allows Swedish customs to free personnel from performing routine tasks and use them to obtain increased efficiency in other areas, such as combating drug smuggling and other criminal activity.

The award is tied in with Akzo Nobel Chemicals’ role as a pilot organization for a special customs scheme—involving Swedish customs—which aims to simplify import and export procedures into and out of Europe.

A huge amount of interest is being shown in the new system, which has the potential to save companies millions by speeding up clearance procedures and doing away with much of the paperwork.

A special ceremony was held in Stockholm recently, when Akzo Nobel Chemicals was one of 14 recipients of the quality certificate. It was accepted by Rob Zweerus (pictured), Akzo Nobel's manager of customs and trade affairs for the Chemicals group.

(Released: September 10, 2001)