AEO Accreditation Process

The process of applying for AEO accreditation can be complicated, but we are here every step of the way to offer guidance and advice. To ensure the process runs as smoothly as it can do, we split it down into six key areas. These are:

The initial decision to apply

While AEO accreditation is certainly something worthwhile to pursue, the design to apply should not be taken lightly - the process is long and requires considerable commitment.

Readiness assessment

If you make the decision to apply for AEO accreditation, it is vital to undertake comprehensive checks of current systems to assess suitability and any potential gaps in working practices.

Gap analysis and reaction

If there are any gaps in working systems or processes which mean a firm is falling short of AEO criteria, and which could impede the AEO accreditation application, this is the time to ensure they are dealt with - and we can help.

AEO authorisation application

The next stage is the actual application itself, backed by a Self-Assessment Questionnaire and relevant supporting documentation.

HMRC liaison

In order for AEO accreditation to be granted, there is a certain amount of liaising with HMRC required, and some validation visits may also be on the agenda. This can be daunting, but it needn't be with the right preparation.

Post authorisation verification and ongoing accreditation

The final stage of the process ensures the systems are in place to maintain AEO accreditation.

Contact Us

The level of input that the Customs People has at all stages of this process depends on which of our packages you have signed up for - bronze, silver or gold. To find out more about any aspect of AEO accreditation, contact our team on 0161 82 68 926 or click here to fill in our contact form and a member of the team will get back to you.

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.