The professional activity of the "Agenzia Doganale Rag. Giuseppe Bianculli" (Giuseppe Bianculli Customs Agency) began as far back as in May 1957, at the Milan Customs Authority.
Subsequently, following the expansion of the Milan Customs Authority across the Lombardy territory, customs offices were opened at the Linate, Malpensa, Concorezzo and Tubigo airports.
Meanwhile, the business was growing steadily, both with respect to customs activities and to ancillary services to shipments, with a special attention to warehouse management for aviation as well as for maritime activities.
Ever-changing commercial and customs conditions - such as changes in the national and international market and changes with regard to customs regulations for the movement of goods both in EU Member States and outside the EU - brought about, in 1983, the need to establish BETA-TRANS that, without ever neglecting customs operations, intensified the management of warehouses on behalf of third parties, in combination with the authorisation to operate with simplified local clearance procedure for both customs warehousing and for VAT purposes.
Such services were intended for a specific clientele, composed of forwarding agents, freight agents, airlines, maritime companies, consolidators.
In order to meet the specific needs of aviation activities/GSAs, a terminal was designed and built in Sagrate, fitted with modern facilities for the construction and storage of air-cargo pallets. In April 2001, the new establishment was inaugurated and in June that same year, our company won the contest for the management of the cargo sector of AIR FRANCE, one of the leading cargo airlines.
Three years later, thanks to the service provided, the airline KLM also entrusted its shipments to be managed within the same terminal, thus finalising the AF/KLM strategy denominated "The Same Roof". In 2009, ALITALIA CARGO joins AF/KLM and, one year later, the current group was also joined by MARTINAIR. To date, many airlines and GSAs make use of our services dedicated to Air Cargo.
The standard of professionalism achieved was also legitimised by the Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) as well as by the Customs Agency
in three important steps:
• In December 2003, the Italian Civil Aviation Authority declared BETA-TRANS S.p.A. fit to operate within the Malpensa airport for the carrying out of ground-handling services for goods.
• In January 2004, the Italian Civil Aviation Authority awarded to BETA-TRANS S.p.A. the prestigious "AUTHORISED HANDLER" qualification, later renamed "REGULATED AGENT" in March 2008, in accordance with European regulations.
• In March 2009, it obtains the AEO (Authorized Economic Operator) customs certification, code: IT AEOF 090053, which qualifies BETA-TRANS S.p.A. as "FULLY-AUTHORISED ECONOMIC OPERATOR FOR CUSTOMS SEMPLIFICATIONS/SAFETY".
The high degree of specialization achieved in airfreight activities carried out outside the airports at our offices in Segrate, Bologna and Prato, brought about the necessity to manage air carriers directly from within the airport. The company was therefore assigned an AIRSIDE warehouse at the Cargo City in Malpensa, thus becoming a part of the restricted circle of cargo airport operators in Italy.
In view of the importance attributed by our customers to customs activities and, thus, in order to better meet their needs, in 2003 we created the "CAD BIANCULLI" (Centro Assistenza Doganale - Customs Assistance Centre), for the management of our Local Clearance Procedure. In particular, it manages simplified Local Clearance Procedures of third parties or of the Customs Assistance Centre itself, at its clients' facilities.
In addition, the INTARSTAT procedure for intra-Community trade was also entrusted to this new organisation.
Because of the high quality standards guaranteed, in May 2011, the Bianculli Customs Assistance Centre was awarded with the AEO customs certification, code: IT AEOC 110419, qualifying it as "AUTHORISED ECONOMIC OPERATOR FOR CUSTOMS SEMPLIFICATIONS".