authorised economic operator (AEO)

Authorised Economic Operator was introduced to operate in line with the World Customs Organisation's SAFE Framework of Standards. It is designed to both secure and facilitate legitimate supply chains by the formation of customs-trade partnerships, allowing customs authorities to focus on the lesser known traders operating within their jurisdiction. 

AEO-C: Customs Simplifications

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About AEO-C

Customs simplifications focuses on your ability to demonstrate compliance in regards to classification, valuation, entry checking, IT & documentation security and customs knowledge. You are expected to have documented procedures covering these processes in detail. 


Benefits

Holding AEO-C allows you to reduce  deferment account guarantees, easier access to other customs authorisations and reduced risk of non-compliance. 


Who can apply? 

At present only businesses involved in the international supply chain (outside of EU trade). 

AEO-S: Safety & Security

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About AEO-S

Customs safety & security focuses on physical security measures, from site security to control of supply chain suppliers, physical checks undertaken on incoming or outgoing goods, security training & HR checks. 


Benefits

Holding AEO-S reduces your risk score with HMRC, resulting in less consignments selected for x-ray examinations. It also provides access to Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs) with partner countries such as the US and China, so export cargo can move more smoothly on arrival at destination ports and airports. 


Who can apply? 

At present only businesses involved in the international supply chain (outside of EU trade). 

Application Support

You can apply for AEO-C, AEO-S or both, known as AEO-F (full status). 



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AEO Training Course

The Institute of Export & International Trade offer an AEO day course, which is a great first step towards understanding and obtaining AEO status

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