AEO - what are the basics?

Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) standards are an internationally recognised kitemark, which are awarded by Customs once a business is deemed to be a safe and secure link within the global supply chain.

AEO status came about as a step to protect the global supply chain after the 9/11 and 7/7 terrorist attacks. Benefiting businesses and international governments alike, the move is also beneficial for combating counterfeiting, fraud and the illegal trafficking of goods and people.

In May 2016, AEO will form the cornerstone of the new EU Customs Legislation – The Union Customs Code or ‘UCC’. Although AEO will not be mandatory, the effect of the UCC is that there are significant changes to current Customs Legislation where not holding AEO accreditation may affect current operations of those within the International Supply Chain.

There are currently three types of AEO certification:

  • AEO S - deals with examining and improving a business’s security vulnerabilities
  • AEO C - directed at customs simplifications
  • AEO F - a combination of S and C

AEO will impact any business that owns or takes custody of goods that move across international borders, including:

  • Manufacturers
  • Importers
  • Exporters
  • Transport companies
  • Warehousing and logistics providers
  • Freight forwarders

Contact Us

If you think your business may be affected by the implementation of AEO, contact The Customs People today to discuss your circumstances. Call us on 0161 82 68 926

Success Stories

  • "Company 'O' was able to increase the value of sales made to its customer within the contract price after taking advantage of End-Use relief. This meant the initial $3.5million import in a 25 year contract was VAT and duty free."

    Canadian Company 'O' -
  • "Cotton importer 'G' was at risk of losing money through the use of a wrong commodity code - this meant instead of 0% duty, 8% was applied, landing them with a bill of £80,000. Our investigations led to the assessment being waived, and the bill being cancelled."

    Cotton Importer -
  • "Company 'R' took advantage of our planning advice and structured purchases to ensure they were making the most of their options. Advice given included audit trail help, and anti-dumping duty guidance. "

    UK Company 'R' -
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Who We Help

Our clients are both importers and exporters in a wide range of areas, including textiles, heavy manufacturing and food, and we help them all to approach the customs process in the best way for their business.

Customs Services

Our services vary from in-house training to transaction advice and help planning for a HMRC visit - click here to find out more.

AEO Services

AEO accreditation is a kitemark stamp of integrity, and our expert team can help you to secure it for your business, opening up a wider world of business opportunity.