AEO (Authorised Economic Operator)

The Customs People has more than 50 years of experience in dealing with all aspects of import and export regulations, and can help your business to navigate this complicated and difficult-to-decipher area.

Our service is second to none, and we have helped businesses across a variety of industries to make considerable savings, while ensuring they are compliant with the latest customs regulations.

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What is AEO?

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 following the 9/11 and 7/7 terrorist attacks. Benefitting 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 came to form the cornerstone of the Union Customs Code (UCC). While it is not mandatory, the effects of the UCC mean that not holding AEO accreditation may affect operations of those firms within the international supply chain.

Types of AEO

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

In respect of AEO, our Customs Duty and AEO consultants can help:

  • Assist your business in preparing for AEO status

  • Assist you with undertaking the necessary reviews to identify how ready you are for AEO

  • Assist you in closing any identified gaps in your systems to ensure AEO criteria can be met

  • Assist you in preparing the necessary documentation to meet AEO standards

  • Assist with applying for AEO and dealing with HMRC once the application has been submitted

  • Assist with developing post implementation audit programmes to ensure that AEO is reviewed (it is akin to an ISO)

  • Undertake post audit reviews

Our Approach

Our team has a practical yet professional approach and all of our staff have a background in HMRC and/or Customs, giving us a unique understanding into how HMRC works. However, having worked extensively with VAT and customs in the commercial world, we have a thorough understanding of your business and what is important to you.

When working with a business to attain AEO status, we utilise our understanding of both business and HMRC to ensure the application is swift and successful, leaving your business to run efficiently before, during and after the introduction of AEO.

Contact Us

To find out more about the services we offer, click here, or call the team today 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.