Authorised Economic Operator
The AEO concept is based on the Customs-to-Business partnership introduced by the World Customs Organisation (WCO) with a view to ensure supply chain security whilst facilitating customs procedures.
Traders who voluntarily meet a range of criteria work in close cooperation with customs authorities.
This implies that there must always be a relationship between customs and the applicant/AEO.
This relationship must be based on the principles of mutual transparency, correctness, fairness and responsibility.