Authorised Economic Operator “A.E.O.”
The "AEO status" certificate balances the need for greater control on the security of international shipments with the need to facilitate trading, by reducing the number of inspections for shipments handled by reliable operators certified by Customs Authorities
The Status concerns industrial and commercial firms, intermediaries, carriers who are involved in different capacities in activities connected with international trading of goods outside the EU.
From 1st January 2008 new rules have been introduced in the 27 Member States of the EU with EC regulations no.648/2005 and no.1875/2006 which amend, respectively, the Community Customs Code (Reg (EC) no.2913/1992) and the Application Provisions of the Code (Reg. (EC) no. 2454/1993), regarding the granting to applying economic operators of a AEO/customs simplification, or AEO/Security and safety, or AEO/customs simplification plus security and safety certificate, all valid throughout the European community.
The community certification programme applies to economic operators and their commercial partners involved in the international procurement chain, i.e. to manufacturers, exporters, shippers/shipping companies, warehouses, customs agents, carriers, importers who, as part of their commercial activities, take part in activities governed by customs regulations and who qualify positively with respect to other operators, as they are considered reliable, safe and secure in the procurement chain.
How do you obtain it?
To achieve AEO status you need to apply with the competent Customs Authority for the activation of a specific auditing action which will also take into account any information and data already held (authorisations issued for simplified/domiciled procedures, customs audits) as well as other elements produced by the applicant such as certifications obtained, conclusions of experts in the relevant sector and internationally-recognised certifications. This will facilitate the AEO authorisation process.
The requisites for achieving AEO status are calibrated for every kind of enterprise (including small and medium), regardless of their size, and special criteria are set out for other professionals, e.g. intermediaries and customs brokers.
These characteristics will depend on the dimensions and the complexity of the activities carried out, by the type of goods handled as well as on other specific factors which the Customs Authority will take into account. Community reliability and AEO/customs status are recognised after a special audit by the National Customs Authority (for Italy the Customs Agency) to those who prove compliance with customs obligations, application of required accounting criteria, financial solvency; for granting of AEO/safety and security status, in addition of the above requisites, the applicant must show conformity with adequate safety and security standards.
DataConSec Srl will assist the company by setting up an inter-disciplinary project team, consisting of professionals with proven experience and complementary competencies: customs, business organisation and risk analysis, safety, legal issues, taxation and IT. The aim is to prepare the documentation needed to achieve AEO status authorisation (source: AEO self-assessment questionnaire).
The entire project will be supervised, directed and coordinated by the project manager, who will cooperate with a person appointed by the client's organisation.
DataConSec consultancy service:
- Examination of the company's procedures, management practices and documentation
- Risk analysis: Internal and external organisational assessment Analytical assessment of relevant conditions for AEO status Assessment of customs and accounting compliance etc… Identification of risk areas and improvement
- SAFETY/SECURITY PLAN Documentation supporting AEO management system (guidelines, management and operational procedures, forms)
- Assistance during the process of assessment by the Customs Agency
Advantages of AEO status
The list of advantages includes:
- Fewer physical and document controls for international shipments;
- Priority processing of shipments if selected to undergo an inspection;
- Choice of place for inspection;
- Reduced number of data for summary declarations;
- Prior notice;
- Improved relationship with customs authorities;
- Recognition as reliable commercial partner;
- Mutual recognition with international partners.