AEO Advantages

The introduction of the Authorised Economic Operator status resulted in Customs making a distinction between two categories of goods flows:

  • goods from certified enterprises, and
  • goods from non-certified enterprises

Customs offers specific facilities to certified enterprises.

The holder of an AEO permit benefits from:

  • fewer physical and document inspections
  • priority when selected for an inspection
  • inspections carried out at a specific address when the holder so requests
  • no inspection of criteria inspected earlier when an application for a permit is submitted

Holders of a Security and safety permit or a combined Customs Simplifications and Security and safety permit also benefit from:

  • advance notification of inspections
  • the submission of fewer data in summary declarations
  • recognition of the AEO Security and safety permit by other countries (outside the EU)

Advance notification of Customs inspections

Have you been issued an AEO permit and have you filed a summary declaration? If so, Customs will issue you advance notification of a Customs inspection of goods being brought into the EU. This is feasible when you have been issued one of the following permits:

  • an AEO Security and safety permit (AEO-S)
  • a combined Customs Simplifications and Security and safety permit)

Does your enterprise not have an AEO permit? If so, you will be issued the notification of a Customs inspection only once the goods are being unloaded.

Are you a handler (airside) or a stevedore (maritime) and have you been issued an AEO-S or a combined Customs Simplifications and Security and safety permit? If so, you will also be issued notification of an intended Customs inspection.

Mutual recognition

The European Commission and a number of countries are working on plans for the mutual recognition of security and safety permits.
In your AEO application, did you state that your details may be exchanged for the purpose of mutual recognition? In that case, you may qualify for facilities in case of export to third countries with which the EU has concluded agreements on mutual recognition. The EU has concluded agreements with:

  • Japan
  • United States
  • China

Agreement with Japan

In your AEO application, did you state that your details may be exchanged for the purpose of mutual recognition of  Security and safety permits? In that case, your details will automatically be exchanged with Japan.

Agreement with the United States

In your AEO application, did you state that your details may be exchanged for the purpose of mutual recognition of security and safety permits? This is subject to very specific arrangements with the US. The document 'Frequently Asked Questions EU – US Mutual Recognition Decision' shows what companies have to do in order to benefit from mutual recognition.
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Agreement with China

In your AEO application, did you state that your details may be exchanged for the purpose of mutual recognition of security and safety permits? Then the exchange of data is automated. To might be eligible for facilitating you must:

  • doing business with ACE holder in China, and
  • by exchanging information transmit your granted AEO EORI number

For details, see the Frequently Asked Questions EU-China Mutual Recognition Decision.

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