27 June 2023Guide
Guide to AEO Operators

What is AEO?

Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)
status is an internationally recognised quality mark that shows your:

Role in the international supply chain is established and secure

Custom controls and procedures are efficient and meet the relevant requirements

An AEO authorisation project spans across business units and procedures must be documented and evidenced. Only then should the application be submitted to the relevant customs authorities local to the appropriate country - such as the HMRC in the UK or C-TPAT in the US - who will thoroughly audit the business before granting an approval.

Why partner with an AEO certified freight forwarder?

It’s not mandatory but gives quicker access to some simplified customs procedures and, in some cases, the right to ‘fast track’ your shipments through some customs and safety and security procedures.

AEO status is internationally recognised and having the accreditation will give your business the opportunity to expand within a network of accredited, vetted suppliers and transporters as you’ll be viewed as a trusted trader.

Benefits included:

  • Fewer customs checks
  • Supply chain security
  • Credible global recognition
  • Trusted Trader status

We Deliver:

  • Free customs health check
  • Customs Compliance reviews/AEO Gap analysis/AEO applications
  • Classification reviews

If you would like more information, or to see how Woodland can support your business in becoming AEO accredited, please contact us below:

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