AEO, Authorised Economic Operator

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AEO, Authorised Economic Operator

Authorised Economic Operator, AEO, is an authorisation designed to increase the security in the world as well as to harmonise the customs related operations within the EU and make them more efficient.

Every business, regardless of size, forming part of the international supply chain can apply to become an AEO. This applies to manufacturers, exporters, freight forwarders, warehouse keepers, customs agents, carriers and importers.

Why should I apply for an AEO authorisation?

The AEO status serves as a mark of good quality and security for you and your business partners. It also gives you access to certain simplifications, which in turn will make your goods flows faster and more secure.

The benefits of having AEO status are for example:

    lower risk that your flow of goods into and out of the EU will be stopped for examination

    possibility to request a specific place for customs checks

    easier access to authorizations and permits

     the AEO status signals that your business takes responsibility for the protection of both goods flows and society, and it strengthens your trademark at the same time.

Who can apply for AEO status?

AEO is not mandatory. You can apply for AEO status if you are an economic operator established in the EU and are:

  • part of the international supply chain
  • involved in customs activities.

Do you wish to become an AEO?

When you choose to apply for an AEO authorisation, you should first carry out a quality assessment of your procedures in accordance with the self-assessment questionnaire. To become certified with us is free of charge. You quality assess all your customs and safety procedures by making sure that they are well documented. The procedures should also be well known within your company. We issue your authorisation after having audited and accepted your business activities and your procedures.

When you consider the documentation of your procedures to be complete, you send the application and the additional annex to us.

How to apply for AEO status

  • Complete a self-assessment questionnaire
  • Complete an application for AEO certificate 


Who will evaluate your application for AEO?

The Icelandic customs staff will carry out the evaluation. The evaluation will always involve a visit to the premises covered by the application.

Further information

If you need further information contact:

Elvar Örn Arason, AEO Programme Manager

Legal Affairs and Compliance Unit, tel: 560 0310, 894 2409