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Becoming an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

This course may qualify for grant funding available to UK companies. Please see https://www.customsintermediarygrant.co.uk

The object of AEO status is to encourage all parties that impact on the international supply chain to achieve a certificated standard that will become an internationally recognised quality mark. This will include importers and exporters, warehouse operators, agents, freight forwarders and carriers.  

Since the introduction of the UK Border Operating Model in January 2021 benefits of Authorised Economic Operator status have come into sharper focus. Traders have the option of applying to become AEO (C - Customs Simplifications); AEO (S - Security and Safety) or both combined.

The tangible benefits of AEO now include reductions or removal of  customs guarantees that are required to operate special customs procedures. Traders will have to demonstrate that they operate to AEO standards to benefit from these procedures   Other benefits include faster customs clearance, particularly when trading with those countries with whom the UK has Mutual recognition Agreements. AEO is often a pre-requisite for international public sector and defence supply contracts, particularly in The United States.

The changes in export and import procedures as a result of Brexit has led to a significant increase in AEO applications, to benefit from the available easements and facilitations

Course Content  

What is AEO?
What are the benefits of becoming an AEO?
The difference between AEO (C) and AEO (S)
What are the commercial implications of certifications?
Which aspects of my business must comply with AEO requirements?
What compliance procedures will have to be in place?
Can AEO responsibilities be subcontracted or delegated to others?
The Application Process and timescales
Ongoing Responsibilities after certification
Post "Brexit" possibilities


Half Day (Approximately 2.5 hours training time)

Who Should Attend?

All decision makers and personnel involved with international trade from manufacturers, distributors, exporters, importers, carriers, forwarders, agents and warehouse operators.

Cost and Availability

For public course fees and schedule please see listings on course schedule page. We would be pleased to quote for in company delivery. Please contact us for a quotation
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