AEO Security and Safety certificate (AEO-S)

In international trade the AEO-certificate is increasingly necessary. There are 2 AEO certificates. AEO-S is the most extensive certificate. This certificate contributes towards the security and safety of the entire logistics chain.

When issuing this certificate we examine the guarantees that your organisation already offers, such as security and safety systems. These may involve internal control measures, but also safety certificates of others such as the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee [Koninklijke Marechaussee] or Port Services. Examples of these certificates are: Recognised agent of Known consignor, ISPS-code, TAPA, ISO and recognition by the Dutch Controlling Authority for Milk and Dairy Products.

Organisations in possession of an AEO Security and Safety certificate are entitled to a number of legal facilities and accompanying advantages.

Advantages of AEO Security and Safety

An AEO Security and Safety certificate will offer you the following advantages:

  • reduced physical and document inspections
  • priority if your organisation is selected for an inspection
  • on request, an inspection may be conducted at a specific location
  • advanced notification of inspections
  • recognition of the certificate by other countries (outside the EU) in connection with mutual recognition (Mutual Recognition Agreement, MRA)

If you would like to make use of these facilities, state your EORI-number in your declaration of entry or your declaration of  temporary storage.

Notification of customs inspections

Are you in possession of an AEO Security and Safety certificate and have you submitted a declaration of entry or a declaration for temporary storage? In this case, we will send you advanced notification of a customs inspection when your goods enter.

If you are a handling agent (airside) or stevedore (maritime) you will also receive notification of an intended customs inspection.

If you are not in possession of an AEO Security and Safety certificate you will only receive notification of a customs inspection when your goods are being unloaded.

Please note! We do not always provide notification. This may be due to the risk of a negative effect on results. In some cases, special legislation prohibits us from giving advanced notification.

Mutual recognition (MRA)

The European Commission cooperates with a number of non-EU countries on mutual recognition of the AEO Security and Safety certificate. If you indicated in your AEO application that your details are allowed to be exchanged in connection with mutual recognition, you will be eligible for facilities when exporting to these countries.

The EU has concluded agreements with:

  • Japan
    The exchange of data with Japan is automatic if you have indicated that your data may be exchanged.
  • the United States
    This agreement is very specifically regulated. The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) of the agreement on the EU website describes what you need to do to qualify for the facilities.
  • China
    The exchange of data with China is automatic if you have indicated that your data may be exchanged. However, you must do business with an ACE holder in China. You must also always provide your AEO EORI number when exchanging information. Read more about the conditions in the FAQ of the agreement on the EU website.
  • Norway
  • Switzerland
  • Andorra

Applying for an AEO Security and Safety certificate

Read here how to apply for the AEO Security and Safety certificate.

>Application for an AEO certificate

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