International Trade: Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

Host: D2N2 Growth Hub

Location: Online - Webinar

Date: Tuesday, 9th February 2021 at 2.00pm - 3.00pm

Cost: FREE

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International Trade: Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) : Introduction to the requirements of achieving AEO 'Trusted Trader' status and its benefits.

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.

This Webinar will Cover:

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

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.

This webinar is aimed at SMEs. Please note that preference will be given to businesses based in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.


  • 14.00pm - 14.45pm - Webinar presentation

  • 14.45pm - 15.00pm - Q&A

Speaker Information

Now Managing Director of Cusdec Customs Solutions, Keith worked for HMRC and previously HM Customs & Excise for 32 years in various roles, latterly in Customs law and facilitations

Keith is an expert in Customs regulations, Special Procedures and facilitations as well as all aspects of AEO having trained HMRC staff and educated external stakeholders following the introduction of the AEO programme in 2006 ready for its launch in 2008.  He is an AEO Security & Safety assessor holding a level 3 BTEC advanced award in Security Management Systems for the Supply Chain.

On the International front, as representative of both HMRC and EU Customs, Keith has worked on Customs modernisation projects in the Middle East and the Caribbean, and with Customs & Border Protection in the US negotiating AEO/CTPAT Mutual Recognition for which he received the World Customs Organisation Certificate of Merit in 2011.  He has facilitated the introduction of AEO in Brazil working with Brazilian Customs in Brasilia

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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