How do I apply for a customs authorisation?
Our Customs authorisations overview explains exactly how to apply for an authorisation: via the EU portals or using an application form.
Applications for an authorisation in the EU portals
The EU Trader Portal has been used to apply for DWU authorisations since 1 May 2019. Effective 1 January 2020, this also applies to DWU authorisations that are only valid in the Netherlands. We will let you know when you need to use the portal.
Since 1 October 2019, you have been using the EU Customs Trader Portal for your AEO authorisation.
You will usually receive a single authorisation within 120 days.
Apply for an authorisation with an application form
Fill in the form completely and send it to us by post. You cannot yet send the forms digitally.
You will usually receive your authorisation within 90 days
Some authorisations arrive sooner. For a customs warehouse - in the Netherlands only - the period is 60 days. For other special schemes involving only the Netherlands, 30 days. That applies to authorisations for:
- inward processing
- outward processing
- temporary admission
Overview of customs authorisations
There are many authorisation types: they are listed in our overview.
Do you need help applying for an authorisation?
Most applications for an authorisation contain an explanation of the questions. If you would like to know more about the laws and regulations, please see the Customs manuals.