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What is an authorised economic operator (trusted trader) and when should a business consider applying for this status?

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Produced in partnership with Chris Bryden of 4 King’s Bench Walk
Published on LexisPSL on 21/01/2021

The following Commercial Q&A produced in partnership with Chris Bryden of 4 King’s Bench Walk provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • What is an authorised economic operator (trusted trader) and when should a business consider applying for this status?
  • Application for AEO status

The Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) scheme is a quality-mark that is internationally recognised and confers on the complying entity the status of being a ‘trusted trader’. Certification as an AEO evidences that the business has secure supply chain measures in place (AEO-S Safety and Security) or that internal quality management controls for customs compliance have been established (AEO-C Customs Simplifications). AEO-F is the status for full authorisation (ie both-S and-C). AEO status is increasingly sought-after and is becoming a requirement for dealing with larger companies particularly those based in the US and China.

There are a limited number of AEO-accredited businesses in the UK, with around 1073 in July 2020. This number is however expected to rise now that the UK has left the EU. In any event many of the largest

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