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Customs Authorisation and Approval

Impact of Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Status on other Customs Applications: Impact of AEOC status on other applications

AEOC may be taken as automatic fulfilment of certain criteria for other customs simplifications and facilitations.

Automatic fulfilment may only be deemed where any specific requirements relating to the regime or procedure were considered as part of the AEOC assessment.


Where the economic operator was authorised for the regime or procedure in question at the time the AEOC status was granted (for example, in the case of renewals or amendments) and the specific conditions were considered and recorded as part of the AEOC assessment; references to this must be made in the pre-authorisation checklists.  Fulfilment of the conditions in these circumstances may then be deemed to be met.


For AEOC holders now applying for authorisation or approval for new regimes or procedures, the generic criteria relating to compliance, record keeping, competency, solvency and management of operations may be deemed to be met.


The authorising officer must however, complete pre-authorisation testing in these areas for any regime specific requirements.  For example, any new record keeping requirements specific to processing or storage operations. The bespoke criteria unique to the customs regime or procedure being applied for must also be tested in all cases of this nature.