Notice 117: Authorised Economic Operator

This notice explains the purpose of Authorised Economic Operators (AEO) and how you can apply to become an AEO.



Authorised Economic Operator status is an internationally recognised quality mark that shows a business’s role in the international supply chain is secure, and that it has customs control procedures that meet Authorised Economic Operator standards and criteria.

Published 11 February 2010
Last updated 10 March 2020 + show all updates
  1. The address and phone number for the AEO Central Site has been updated.

  2. The address for the HMRC AEO Central Site in section 14 has been updated.

  3. Guidance on where you can apply for Authorised Economic Operator authorisation in the UK has been updated.

  4. Updated to show you can now only apply for Authorised Economic Operator status online.

  5. Section 12 of this notice has been updated to reflect changes in the appeal process.

  6. This notice has been updated to reflect the changes introduced by the implementation of the Union Customs Code (Regulation (EU) No 952/2013) and its implementing and delegated regulations.

  7. First published.