Starting 1 October 2019, AEO applications to be filed online only

In brief

As of 1 October 2019, economic operators applying for the AEO (authorised economic operator) status will have to submit applications together with the self-assessment questionnaire (SAQ) electronically, via the EU Trader Portal for eAEO.

In detail

The transitional period set out by the EU legislation that allowed the AEO/SAQ applications to be submitted in paper format ends on 30 September 2019. The purpose of the EU Trader Portal is to facilitate and speed up the exchange of information related to AEO applications, decisions, authorisations and their management processes. In order to authenticate in the EU Trader Portal, economic operators need to request a user account and password from the competent customs authority in their Member State.

[Source: “AEO - Transition to the online system” published on European Commission Portal on 10/09/2019 -]

The takeaway

As of 1 October 2019, economic operators have to file their AEO application and the self-assessment questionnaire exclusively online, by using the dedicated EU portal.

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