AEO – Authorised Economic Operator Certification
Having an AEO status can provide several benefits for your organisation such as for example being recognised as a safe and secure partner in the supply chain. At the same time, meeting the AEO requirements ensures your business is compliant and in control. Our Trade Compliance Experts will guide you through the process, communicate with customs authorities and answer all questions you have related to acquiring and maintaining an AEO certification.
Even though there can be no denying that achieving AEO status can be a time consuming and often daunting exercise, one of our experts can help take you through every step of acquiring and maintaining AEO status.
We offer 4 tiers of service ranging from an initial ‘readiness review‘ through to AEO application completion. Following the initial review we will be able to advise on the cost of helping you to prepare and submit your application if you decide to progress.
1. Readiness Review
One of our experts will spend a day in your business with your team completing a readiness review. You will be provided with a GAP Analysis report showing the actions that need to be taken, improvements that need to be made and guidance on how to achieve a successful application for AEO status.
2. Preparation Project
We will help take you through the steps necessary to develop your company controls and procedures to an AEO standard. We will also advise on the best way to document and present your company procedures to achieve a successful outcome to your application.
3. AEO Application & Submission
We can help you complete every section of the AEO application.
Our expert knowledge will help ensure your company has the correct policies, procedures and audit trails in place before submitting the application, leading to a successful audit by HMRC and a successful outcome to your submission to become an Approved Economic Operator.
4. Maintaining your AEO Status
Once a business has been granted its AEO status, customs administrations will review the AEO status periodically to ensure that the relevant conditions and criteria continue to be met. It is, therefore, critical for the business to ensure that it remains AEO status compliant after obtaining approval.