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Manifests Ireland achieved AEO Status in December of 2013 it is our

commitment to quality Customs transactions.

What are AEO’s?

AEO status is a certified standard issued by customs administrations in the EU. It certifies that a business has met certain standards in relation to their security, management systems, compliance with customs rules and ongoing solvency. Under a World Customs Organisation (WCO) initiative an AEO certification may eventually be recognised worldwide.

Why has it been introduced?

After the events in the USA on 11 September 2001, governments worldwide realized that the International Supply Chain could be vulnerable to terrorist exploitation. In an effort to reduce this vulnerability the WCO designed a new model for increasing security of the International Supply Chain. The new security measures (which will be introduced in full in the EU from 1 July 2009) have the potential to slow down the movement of goods through customs controls. In order to lessen the impact of the new controls the concept of AEO was introduced. The intention is that AEO’s will be given benefits that will lessen the impact of the new security measures compared to other non-AEO approved businesses.

Who can apply?

AEO status is open to businesses of any size that are involved in customs activities. The conditions and criteria for AEO status will apply to all businesses regardless of their size. However, the means to achieve compliance will vary and be in direct relation to the size and complexity of the business, type of goods handled etc. Manufacturers, exporters, freight forwarders, warehouse-keepers, clearance agents, carriers and importers may apply for AEO status.

Do I have to become an AEO?

Obviously, the more businesses that apply for and get AEO status the more secure the International Supply Chain will become. However, it is up to each business to decide if AEO is for them and this decision will probably be based on an assessment of the likely benefits, their role in the supply chain and the cost (if any) of applying for and maintaining AEO status.

How do I apply?

Before submitting an application businesses should undertake a self-assessment of their procedures to ensure that they can meet the qualifying criteria. In this regard Revenue has designed a self –assessment questionnaire to help businesses prepare for the evaluation. When you are confident that your business will meet the qualifying criteria.