Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)
The Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) certificate is a recognised quality mark indicating that your role in the international supply chain is secure, and that your customs controls and procedures are reliable and efficient.
AEO status is not mandatory but TIBA believes that it is important to be known it’s group is a realible partner for your business.
The AEO status
An AEO is as an economic operator who is deemed reliable in the context of his customs related operations, and, therefore, is entitled to enjoy benefits throughout the European Union.
The AEO status is granted in the form of a certificate and being granted by one Member State must be recognised by the customs authorities in all Member States.
Who can become an AEO?
The status of ‘authorised economic operator’ can be granted, subject to the criteria provided for in the legislation, to any economic operator established in the customs territory of the Community.
Who can get AEO satus?
The AEO status can be granted to any economic operator meeing the following common criteria:
1. Record of compliance with customs requirements;
2. Satisfactory system of managing commercial and, where appropriate, transport records, which allows appropriate customs controls;
3. Proven financial solvency;
4. where appropriate, security and safety standards.
Which are AEO Benefits?
The AEO status shall be recognised across all Member States, therefore, the holder of an AEO certificate shall receive the same
benefits in all Member States.
The AEO benefits depends on the type of the certificate, but can be summarized as follows:
1. Easier admittance to customs simplifications;
2. Prior notification by customs authorities;
3. Reduced data set for entry and exit summary declarations;
4. Fewer physical and document based controls than other economic operators;
5. Priority treatment of consignments if selected for control in customs;
6. Choice of the place of controls;
7. Indirect benefits because the AEO approach helps economic operators to analyse in details all their related international supply chain processes;
8. Recognised as a secure and safe business partner;
9. Improved relations with Customs because an AEO should have a designated contact point in the customs authority to which it can address its questions and who would guide the AEO on how best to proceed;
10. Improved relations and acknowledgement by other government authorities.
To enable customs authorities to deliver these benefits, the Authorised Economic Operator should ensure its EORI number is declared to customs.
See more about AEO at European Union website