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 benefits that an AEO certificate can bring you, who can apply for one, criteria you have to meet to be eligible, and how to apply.