There are two types of AEO status: C and S. These accreditations recognise that a business’s customs controls and procedures are safe and efficient. It is a sign of being an operator trusted to work with HMRC and other border control officers.
AEO accreditation offers businesses the following benefits, which is why we would highly recommend working with such accredited companies:
- Fewer physical and document checks at border
- Advance notice of any required checks
- If your goods are selected for inspection, your consignment will be prioritised ahead of non-AEO declarations
- Mutual recognition with trading countries, leading to less stringent restrictions on the other side.
Authorised Economic Operator status is an internationally recognised quality mark that shows a business’s role in the international supply chain is secure and has customs control procedures that meet Authorised Economic Operator standards and criteria.
Using a broker with Authorised Economic Operator Security and Safety status you can benefit from Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs). The UK negotiates MRAs with other customs authorities.
The UK has negotiated agreements with the EU, Japan, China, the USA and Switzerland, and are working towards having agreements in place with other global partners.
What should you expect from an Authorised Economic Operator / customs broker?
To hold AEO status a business must be part of the international supply chain and pass a series of checks by HMRC, including site visits.
The checks cover tax and customs compliance, customs record keeping, financial solvency, practical standards of competence or professional qualifications, security and safety, and recruitment.
A reputable firm with AEO status should be able to offer you the following:
- A simple explanation of what requirements are expected of your business.
- A personalised, competitive, fast and efficient service tailored to your needs.
- Support across all modes of transport including air, rail, land and sea.
- Provide onward transport services.
Ultimately, the aim is to seamlessly ship your cargo from A to B around the world by overcoming the complexities of border controls and customs regulations on both sides of the transaction.