Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

The EC has introduced the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status in response to the need for greater security throughout international supply chains and in answer to the introduction of Customs – Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) in the USA.

Companies shipping goods into and/or out of the EU and who are dealing with Customs can apply to be recognised as an AEO. An organisation who has AEO status is one who can demonstrate they have reliable and secure custom related operations. It may also mean easier access to certain simplified customs procedures and in some cases the right to 'fast-track' shipments through HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) safety and security procedures.

AEO and ISO 28000

AEO requirements are laid down in five specific sections with Part 5: Safety and Security the most extensive. As supply chain security is a major part of AEO, the ISO 28000 series of standards has acted throughout as a baseline to these. This will mean substantially reduced efforts are needed to demonstrate compliance to AEO requirements.

Indeed, the implementation and certification of a security management system against ISO 28000 with LRQA is accepted by HMRC as complying with Part 5 of AEO. If you already hold certification to ISO 9001 or ISO 27001, we can also help you to demonstrate compliance to some of the requirements for Parts 1 to 4 too, ensuring that your certificate scopes are appropriately termed.

Your next step

Visit our section on ISO 28000 for information on how certification can help you demonstrate your security management procedures to achieve and maintain AEO status. For further information contact our Business Advisors on 0800 783 2179 or complete our enquiry form.

Further information:

  • HMRC AEO Central Site Enquiry Line - 0845 001 0089
  • AEO FAQs and guidelines - European Commission website