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HMRC internal manual

Customs Authorisation and Approval

Pre-authorisation or approval controls and checklists for officers: Standard checklists for customs applications

The standard checks to be undertaken on applications are made up of 4 parts:

·        Acceptance testing on the application and supporting evidence:

Has the applicant submitted the applicant to the correct customs authority and competent office?

Is the applicant eligible to apply?

Has all the required information been received in order to process the application and reached a reasoned decision? 

·        Applicant’s known history: a check on the known business operations and past trading and compliance history of the applicant:

This will enable a reasoned opinion to be reached on the credibility of the information contained within the application, the validity of the processes applied for in relation to the businesses known activities, demonstrate an economic need for the application and perform an assessment of the overall compliance history of the applicant

·        Eligibility tests on the applicant’s ability to fulfil the criteria and conditions for authorisation or approval (the generic requirements):

Tests to be completed against the standard criteria and conditions, covering the areas of:


Management of customs operations, including internal controls and record keeping;

Financial Solvency of applicants;

Practical experience and competency in customs operations and the

Security and Safety of the supply chain and goods held within procedures (Specific to Temporary Storage (premises security and safety only) and AEOS applications concerning the security and safety of the supply chain)

·        Visiting Officers Report:

Where it is not possible to reach a decision on an applicant’s eligibility for the regime or procedure on the basis of the desk based assurance checks a pre-authorisation visit should be conducted.

Following completion of these standard checks, additional bespoke checks may be required in relation to the regime or procedure concerned.  Details of these checks may be found in sections CAA09205 CAA09340.