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Customs Special Procedures Manual

Applying for an authorisation for a Special Procedure: pre-authorisation and approval checklists for the generic authorisation criteria and conditions

The checks below should be undertaken by the authorising office for all applications for a special procedure.

Regulation EU No 952/2013 Article 39

The checklists in sections:

Departmental database checks and results/CAA09130

Mandatory economic checks/CAA09140 and

Generic criteria and conditions checks and results/CAA09150

are based upon the compliance checks and conditions articulated in the UCC and its Delegated and Implementing Acts.  The standards expected for Economic Operators for the authorisations covered by this guidance under the Code are based upon the AEO criteria.

The checklists in these sections are therefore based upon the compliance tests to be conducted on an AEO application.  The extent to which these tests are to be applied will be dependent upon:

  • the specific type of application submitted and the criteria and conditions required to be fulfilled (please see the matrices in chapter CAA07000 for details)
  • any other authorisations and approvals held by the economic operator.

The pre-authorisation tests and results completed on a previous application should only be used as a guide and results older than 12 months should not be used to exempt checks on the new application unless the applicant is an AEO.

The pre-authorisation checklists to be used by authorising offices are available in Section 9 of CAA manual as follows:

Pre-authorisation checklists for special procedures - contents/CAA09000

Standard checklist for customs applications/CAA09020

Generic validation tests for applications - overview/CAA09050

Generic validation tests for applications/CAA09040

Mandatory acceptance conditions/CAA09060