Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status is a significant internationally recognised quality mark offerred to importers, exporters and logistics providers that satisfy customs and security criteria.
AEO’s aim is twofold:
1) To facilitate growth in legitimate global trade, while
2) Protecting against increasing criminal & terrorist threats
Gaining momentum, AEO now operates in over 70 countries.
These trusted traders receive credibility amongst customs administrations, international organisations, and the trading community.
In return, they are offered numerous cost and trade facilitation benefits.
Easier admittance to customs simplifications & tax planning options
Priority status through customs borders
Enhanced/new post-Brexit facilitations
Priority treatment in backlogs (locally & overseas)
Industry ‘kite mark’ & marketing tool
Customs financial guarantee waivers (for deferment & special customs procedures)
Mutual (same treatment) recognition overseas
Reduced customs errors & civil penalties
Improved security & safety (e.g. crime, theft & losses)
Improved supply chain predictability & reliability
NEW CUSTOMS REGULATIONS
AEOs are multiplying. As more businesses achieve the status they opt to do business with equally accredited product and logistics service providers.
In almost every future EU trading scenario a six-fold increase in (new EU) import and export customs declaration is expected alongside associated border checks and delays.
The UK also walks from 40 EU global free trade agreements: more imported products from more countries become newly or more highly taxed. An increased use of customs tax planning regimes is expected.
Several associations are championing AEO to aid access to lower cost trouble-free border crossings.
Further post-Brexit facilitations are being discussed and are expected to be reserved for trusted AEO traders.
AEO distinguishes us as a reliable trading partner. It demonstrates that our operations are secure and safe, and that our business & customs controls are efficient and compliant. Our consignments are expected to travel compliantly, with the minimum of delay, in a safe and secure environment.
Many businesses fulfil much that AEO requires but have not documented it.
Other requirements have always been expectations that AEO now simply re-identifies and enforces.
Because AEO takes an end-to-end view of the business the process often uncovers collateral benefits to improve, rationalise, and install best practices.
WE HELP IMPORTERS, EXPORTERS & LOGISTICS PROVIDERS WHO:
WE OFFER A COMBINATION OF SUPPORT OPTIONS:
Our unique AEO Management System and project management approach is straightforward and easy to understand. Simple, but not simplistic.
It contains thoughtfully designed documents, forms, and recordkeeping structures to not only help obtain the status but maintain it.
We have completed numerous AEO assignments for traders and logistics providers.
Our broader credentials perfectly suit the needs of AEO, including our customs, security, project and change management heritage.
Our ISO 9001 implementation experience not only helps us operate within those environments, but companies without this status benefit from our process approach.