The Authorized Economic Operator - AEO - is a figure of vital importance in international trade today and, especially, in everything related to customs.
It can be defined as a reliable, compliant and trustworthy economic operator for customs operations who, depending on the type of AEO authorization he holds, will obtain advantages throughout the European Union in terms of customs simplifications and safety and security facilities.
There are two types of AEO authorization, depending on the requirements and the benefits derived from them:
Being an Authorized Economic Operator is not mandatory, and can be any person, natural or legal, which is established in the customs territory of the EuropeanUnion, regardless of the size of your business, and that within the scope of their profesional activities, perform activities regulated by customs legislation, may apply for authorization of Authorized Economic Operator (examples: manufacturers, exporters, carriers, freight forwarders, customs representatives, etc.).
It must be understood that the Authorized Economic Operator was born mainly, like the American C-TPAT, as a way to increase the security of the international logistics chain, fighting both terrorism and drug-trafficking, for example.
It is mainly included in Title I (General Provisions), Chapter 2 (Rights and Obligations of Persons under Customs Legislation) of the following Regulations:
Regulation 648/2005, amending Council Regulation (EEC) 2913/1992 establishing the Community Customs Code.
Commission Regulation EC 1192/2008, amending Regulation (EEC) No 2454/93.
Plaza Forwarding obtained the status of Authorized Economic Operator for both Customs and Security on July 20, 2011.
The advantages derived from the Authorized Economic Operator certification depend on the type of certification obtained (customs simplifications, security or both), as well as the type of company (exporter, importer, shipping company, customs broker, etc.). In general, an AEO company will have easier, simpler and more direct access to the customs administration.
In particular, they will benefit from:
Authorized economic operators may sometimes request other advantages not explicitly provided for in the legislation in force, but which the Customs Department may, at its discretion, consider and grant.
Of course it can. In fact, we advise many of our clients (depending on size, type of operations, etc.) to opt for such certification.
The Customs and EEI Department of the State Tax Administration Agency determines whether individuals or legal entities wishing to become an Authorized Economic Operator meet the requirements to become one, by means of a detailed audit of compliance with such requirements. For this purpose, interested parties must submit via the Electronic Headquarters, and using the regulated AEO application form, the corresponding application together with the documentation (annexes) that may be required. Processing from the Electronic Headquarters
- Procedure. Authorized Economic Operator
Sources of Interest
- Tax Agency
- Directorate General for Taxation and Customs Union
- AEO E-learning Courses
More information about
- Email contact point for AEO information: email@example.com