What's Involved In Becoming Authorised For AEO?

There are 3 AEO authorisations available – the authorisation you need to apply for will depend on your business.

Applicants can become:

  • Customs AEO authorised
  • Security and Safety AEO authorised, or
  • Combined AEO authorised

For many businesses it will be beneficial to obtain Combined AEO Status due to the combined security and Customs benefits. We will always provide honest, impartial advice on what will be most valuable for your company.

The authorisation process is very involved because the aim is that, once granted, the AEO status will mean businesses are permitted to import and export with minimum interruption from officials as they have already been officially declared as safe operators. As a result, HMRC examine all aspects of the Customs and/or security procedures within a business and they test these extensively. Although the length of the authorisation process depends on the complexity of the business and application it will usually take 9 - 12 months. It is vital that if you think your business may be affected you should act now.

We have 5 stages to our AEO service. These are:

  1. Assessing AEO Readiness – undertaking an assessment review and gap analysis on systems in line with AEO criteria.
  2. Implementing recommended changes utilising the gap analysis and our combined experience in tax, VAT and Duty.
  3. Applying for AEO authorisation when we are confident of success.
  4. Liaising with HMRC using our professional experience and expertise to maximise the chance of authorisation being granted.
  5. A post authorisation verification programme to ensure systems are adhered to.

Contact Us

For more information speak to one of The Customs People's specialists for free on 0161 82 68 926.

Watch our video to find out more about AEO

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.