Authorised Economic Operators



The Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) certificate is an internationally recognised quality mark indicating that your role in the international supply chain is secure, and that your customs controls and procedures are efficient and compliant.

AEO status is not mandatory. It is a commercial decision as it gives quicker access to certain simplified customs procedures and in some cases the right to 'fast-track' your shipments through certain HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) safety and security procedures.

AEO status is for businesses that are established in the European Union (EU), actively involved in customs operations and international trade and have an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number.

This guide explains the types of AEO certificate, criteria for granting AEO status and the AEO approval process.

    • HMRC AEO Central Site Enquiry Line
      03000 564 556