A manufacturing company required AEO (Authorised Economic Operator) status. I was brought in and given 18 months to successfully apply for the status. I received the application and examined what was needed from the company and me. I organised a meeting with all heads of department and explained AEO, my responsibilities and what I expected from them. Having collated all the information, my next task was to assess the site and security of the building, knowing that when HMRC audit the company they would have specific requirements that would need to be met to receive a successful application. Following my assessments, I put forward my recommendations on improvements to the Directors, who agreed to implement my course of action.
On Audit, HMRC were impressed with both the site security and documentation. A few weeks later the company received their AEO accreditation, 4 months ahead of schedule.
What Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status is:-
AEO status is an internationally recognised quality mark that shows your:
- role in the international supply chain is secure
- customs controls and procedures are efficient and meet EU standards
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.