Apply for the status of Authorized Economic Operator

Service Description

Companies or individuals who are Authorized Economic Operators (AEO) have a special status: they are considered to be particularly reliable and trustworthy and can therefore claim simplifications and benefits in the context of customs clearance. Economic operators can be, for example, manufacturers, warehouse keepers, customs agents, exporters, forwarding agents, carriers or freight forwarders and importers.

You can apply for this status at your local main customs office.

Your reliability will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

  • compliance with customs and tax regulations
  • satisfactory accounting system
  • solvency
  • practical and professional competence, if applicable (AEOC and AEOC + AEOS)
  • appropriate security standards, where applicable (AEOS and AEOC + AEOS)

The status of Authorized Economic Operator is valid in all member states of the European Union and is not limited in time. The status can be granted in 3 variants:

  • AEO authorization "Customs Simplifications" (AEOC).
  • AEO authorization "Security" (AEOS)
  • AEO authorization "Customs Simplifications and Security" (AEOC and AEOS) (so-called combined authorization)

Once you have been approved as an AEO, you have the option of having your company included in the European Commission's list of AEO-approved companies.

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Thüringen (Linie6PLus)

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