The European Union’s Authorised Economic Operator program (AEO) is comparable to the US Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program*.
Since its launch on January 1, 2008, the EU AEO program has been quickly enacted among its 27 member countries and is now firmly established as the cornerstone of importer and exporter security practices. The aims of the AEO program include upgrading the security of the supply chain, while contributing to trade facilitation, and reforming and modernizing customs around the world to maintain or develop national competitiveness in international trade.
*Though comparable to US C-TPAT, the EU AEO differs in several key areas: 1) EU AEO certification is only available to companies (or “economic operators”) with status as a legal entity of a European Union member country (and certain airlines and steamship lines outside of the EU), whereas US C-TPAT makes allowance for certain foreign-based manufacturer and carrier entities. The EU AEO also addresses both import and export transactions while C-TPAT is strictly import-focused at this time.
In order to qualify for EU AEO, your company must implement and sustain policies, practices and procedures to ensure the security and integrity of your entire supply chain, as well as those of your business partners. BSI Supply Chain Security Solutions has the tools and expertise to help you with all of your EU AEO membership needs.
Eligible Business Types:
All economic operators in the global supply chain are eligible for application including:
How can BSI support your application?
Using the right technology, supplier data collection, organization, and risk analysis can be done easily — without requiring large investments into IT infrastructure or resources. Explore our Professional Support Services and Tools to learn how we can help you from the beginning to end and ongoing maintenance of your certification.
My Company is already certified
For those organizations that have already received AEO certification, our software can assist with maintaining your certification by assisting with the collection of updated supplier information on an annual basis. Automating follow-up processing ensures you are ready when it is time to revalidate.
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