As part of a coordinated approach to secure international trade the European Union (EU) has introduced rigorous new procedures aimed at improving supply chain security and customs compliance. The Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) concept is an EU-wide accreditation scheme: an Authorised Economic Operator is a reliable economic operator who has met common criteria set down by the European Community relating to the operator’s compliance record, accounting and logistical systems, financial solvency and safety and security.
The AEO regulation encourages companies to increase compliance and security, in exchange for incentives which will improve the efficiency of the supply chain, such as fewer physical border controls.
Through an audit, the Customs Authorities will check whether all criteria are met prior to grant the AEO status. In order to facilitate the audit for the economic operator, the Customs authorities are encouraging the applicants to prepare themselves by completing a self assessment via which they demonstrate (to what extent) they meet the criteria.
AEO Quick Scan
Is a high level assessment of the AEO criteria, scanning to what extent those criteria are met by the applicant based on its current procedures and control activities in place. Based on interviews with key personnel, we deliver an “AEO dashboard” and advise on the most important areas for the applicant to take action.
Assist the applicant in completing the self assessment
The self assessment form of the Belgian Customs Authorities requires documented procedures & control activities in the area of customs compliance, accounting and logistical systems, flow of goods, information security, safety and security requirements.