Naambeeld Belastingdienst/Douane

AEO Introduction

Is your enterprise involved in international trade? If so, you can apply to Customs for the status of Authorised Economic Operator (AEO). An AEO certificate offers a range of benefits to enterprises involved in international trade. For example, Customs grants enterprises with the AEO status a variety of facilities for physical customs inspections.

There are three types of AEO certificates:

  • Customs Simplifications certificate
  • Security and Safety certificate
  • combined Customs Simplifications/Security and Safety certificate

Your enterprise will need to comply with a number of requirements to qualify for the AEO status. Specific requirements are specified for each type of AEO certificate.

The extent to which your enterprise is granted facilities for inspections depends on:

  • the type of certificate
  • the role your enterprise fulfils within the logistic chain

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