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Achieving Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Status

Full-day course  |  5 CPD hours

£ 329 +VAT per person

£329 +VAT
per person

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Achieving Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Status

Full-day course

Course prices:

Classroom: £329 +VAT per person

Course overview

AEO is an accreditation scheme that can provide many international trade simplifications and benefits to importers and exporters. It demonstrates that your role within the international supply chain is secure and that your customs controls and procedures are compliant and efficient. Whatever form Brexit takes,  being able to demonstrate this competency will become more and more important for UK organisations in the future.

To achieve AEO status there is a lengthy and rigorous process that UK companies must go through with HMRC. The aim of this one-day course is to help you understand the AEO requirements and benefits that can be gained in achieving AEO status. It will guide you through the application process and enable you to help your organisation achieve and crucially, maintain AEO status. The course will also highlight the pitfalls that companies typically experience and explain how to avoid delays and mistakes.

What will you learn?

  • What is an Authorised Economic Operator?
  • Which organisations are eligible for the scheme?
  • What are the different types of accreditation?
  • Which type of accreditation will work best for your organisation?
  • What are the benefits of achieving AEO status?
  • What resources will be required to ensure you make a successful application?
  • How will you manage the process? How do you avoid delays?
  • What are the typical things that go wrong during the application?
  • How do you ensure your application is successful?
  • What will you need to do to ensure success?
  • What should be included in the project action plan?
  • Once you achieve AEO status, what will you need to do to maintain it?
  • Will you be subject to HMRC audits?
  • What resources will we require to monitor compliance with the scheme – should we carry out internal audits of the ongoing processes?
  • How do we prevent HMRC suspending or revoking our authorisation?

Who should attend?

All people responsible for managing and administrating your international supply chains including people from your import, export, finance, logistics and legal teams, and those who will be responsible for compliance with the scheme.

What are the benefits of AEO status?

Some of the many potential benefits of achieving AEO status include…

  • Easier admittance to customs simplifications
  • Reduced administration
  • Fewer physical and document-based controls
  • Prior notification in case of selection for control
  • Priority treatment if selected for control
  • Fewer delayed shipments

Extra benefits

  • A course pack containing the information presented on the day
  • Supporting documents to help complete the registration process
  • A certificate of attendance
  • Complimentary refreshments and lunch provided

Course presenters

  • Steve Hudson

    Steve Hudson MIEx is an experienced International Trade and Logistics professional with over 30 years of experience. He has been involved in importing and exporting both operationally and also as an international trade consultant. He now provides advice and support to clients on Customs related issues. Steve has spoken widely on Customs and  is a committee member of the Automated Customs and International Trade Association (ACITA).

    Before becoming an International Trade Consultant, Steve was the International Trade Manager at GE Healthcare and he successfully helped them achieve AEO status in the UK and in several other countries in Europe.

  • Helen Lilley

    Helen has worked for 25 years in International Trade, primarily as a Freight Forwarder in both sales and operational roles, delivering global supply chain solutions. She has delivered training for 15 years to freight forwarders and importers and exporters on numerous subjects, from Supply Chain Management to Incoterms and Customs Processes.

    Helen is a fully qualified trainer offering a variety of International Trade courses and is an approved Certified Instructor on behalf of the Department for Transport & Civil Aviation Authority to deliver Air Cargo Security Training in accordance with the National Aviation Security Policy.