The norms on granting the Authorised Economic Operator (“AEO”) status have been revised

After six years from the date of the last amendment, the General Customs Directorate has revised the national norms for granting the AEO status. They entered into force on October, 27th, this year.

  • The new form provides the following: clarification of the role and responsibility of the customs authorities involved in the authorization process, both on central and local levels (e.g. steps to follow and periods for resolving the application file);
  •  implementing the self-assessment questionnaire and their guidelines in the form approved by the European Commission;
  •  references to the checklists, audit plans, list of threats, risks and possible solutions and the template of the audit report have been mentioned.

The AEO status is granted to businesses conducting customs activities in the European Union and which meet specific criteria, such as safety and supply chain security and proven financial solvency.

What does this mean for you? On May 1st, 2016 the Union Customs Code will come into force. It provides that customs procedures such as inward or outward processing, customs warehousing, temporary admission and local clearance procedure may be performed only by companies that have met the AEO criteria. By revising the norms, customs authorities have ensured a clear legal framework for applicants considering the new legislative changes to come.

What to do? If you are involved in customs activities and do not hold an AEO certification, we recommend applying for it as soon as possible. The Union Customs Code, which relies on this certification, will enter into force in less than one year.

Deloitte has the experience and expertise to provide assistance services in terms of obtaining this certification.

Pieter Wessel                                                     Mihai Petre
Partner,  Deloitte Tax                                         Senior Manager, Deloitte Tax


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