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AEO applications through EU trader portal

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EU applications for authorised economic operator (AEO) status must be made electronically through the EU trader portal from 1 October 2019.

After 1 October, there will be a transition period, until 29 November inclusive, to allow processing of existing paper applications not yet accepted. Although not mandatory, AEO status is an internationally-recognised standard for ensuring supply chain security. Traders must already hold an EORI number before applying for AEO status.

The EU trader portal will be deployed in two phases:

  • phase 1 for the submission of the AEO application and the decision-taking process, from 1 October 2019; and
  • phase 2 for the other subsequent processes, from 15 December 2019.

The rule applicable to the transition (and to the exceptional paper procedure) is that:

  • if a procedure is initiated on paper before 1 October, it continues on paper;
  • if it is initiated electronically from 1 October onwards, it continues electronically.


Issue: 1457
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