Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)
Is your enterprise involved in international trade? If so, you may benefit from the status of Authorised Economic Operator (AEO). If you have the AEO status (i.e.: an authorized economic operator) you will be considered reliable in the whole of the European Union where it concerns customs transactions. You can apply to Customs for the AEO status.
Your AEO authorisation in brief
If your organisation participates in international trade, you can apply for Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status at Customs.
AEO Security and Safety authorisation (AEO-S)
AEO-S is the most extensive authorisation. This certificate contributes towards the security and safety of the entire logistics chain.
AEO Customs Simplifications authorisation (AEO-C)
The AEO-C authorisation is somewhat less extensive than the AEO-S authorisation. Organisations with an AEO-C authorisation are entitled to a number of legal facilities and accompanying advantages.
Applying for an AEO authorisation
Is your organisation involved in international trade? See how to apply for the AEO status from Customs.
For an AEO authorisation you will need to conduct the AEO self-assessment. You can use this to assess the quality of your company’s internal control system.
After your AEO application
Are you applying for an AEO authorisation from us? See how we assess your application and what happens after the application.
Maintaining your AEO status
If you are in possession of an AEO authorisation you need to regularly assess whether you still meet the AEO criteria, you set up a monitoring system for this.
More information about AEO
If you would like to find out more about the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) authorisation, read the information from the EU.