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Authorisation for the status of authorised economic operator (AEO)

An AEO is a business entitled to certain simplifications and/or facilitations relating to security and safety in its customs operations throughout the EU. The aim of the AEO programme is to guide the operator to keep improving its customs operations and their security.

The AEO programme is intended for businesses of all sizes and for various roles in the supply chain. There are two types of authorisations: AEOC and AEOS. An operator may hold both authorisations at the same time. In that case, the authorisations are managed through one number.

More information: AEO – Authorised Economic Operator

Applications for AEO status will have to be made electronically through the EU Trader Portal for eAEO. identification and authorisation are used in the EU Trader Portal for eAEO. Read more about identification and authorisation.

In certain cases where identification or authorisation cannot yet be used, applications for AEO status can after 1 October 2019 still be made using the application form 689e. You can find the form on the page AEO forms.