International Trade: Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

Host: D2N2 Growth Hub

Location: Online – Webinar

Cost: FREE


Monday, 11th October 2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am

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AEO status is an internationally recognised quality mark indicating that your role as a business in the international supply chain is secure, and that your customs controls and procedures are efficient and compliant. 

It isn’t mandatory, but it gives quicker access to certain simplified customs procedures and in some cases the right to ‘fast-track’ your shipments through some customs and safety and security procedures. 

As Brexit leads us into uncertain times, one area of international trade that will not change when we leave the EU is the issue of customs compliance and safety and security in the supply chain. Individual governments have a continuous obligation to uphold such safety and security measures and it makes good sense for businesses to demonstrate compliance. Furthermore, AEO status is viewed as a likely facilitator for any of the possible Brexit outcomes. 

You can apply for AEO status for customs simplification only, known as AEO-C or for AEO-S which covers the security and safety aspect of trade or you can apply for both. 

Who Should Attend? 

Anyone involved in the international supply chain that carries out customs related activities in the can apply for AEO status irrespective of the size of their business. 

It isn’t mandatory, but as a ‘trusted trader’ it opens the door to maximum facilitation in Customs matters throughout the world where equivalent schemes are in place 

Please note that this webinar is open to trading SMEs based in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. Businesses located outside of this area will be unable to attend and instead directed to alternative support.

What will we cover?

  • Authorised Economic Operator programme What is an AEO 
  • What is an AEO 
  • Different types of AEO status 
  • The criteria to be met for accreditation 
  • The Application Process 
  • Benefits of AEO 


  • 10.00am - 10.45am - Webinar presentation
  • 10.45am - 11.00am - Q&A

Who’ll be presenting this Webinar?

This session is presented by Keith Robe, an expert in customs regulations, special procedures and facilitations, as well as all aspects of Authorised Economic Operator status (AEO).  

Keith worked for HMRC and previously HM Customs and Excise for over 32 years, in various roles, latterly in Customs law. He now utilises his vast experience in the field as Managing Director of ‘Cusdec Customs Solutions’, which provides advice and support to businesses across all customs areas.  



This Webinar is hosted by the D2N2 Growth Hub, East Midlands Chamber and part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund

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