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Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)


Companies established in the European Union and involved in customs activities, i.e. also operating outside the European internal market, can apply for authorised economic operator (AEO) status.
An authorised economic operator has a special status, is considered to be particularly reliable and trustworthy and can therefore benefit from special advantages in the case of security-relevant customs controls and/or simplifications in accordance with customs rules.
The status can be given in different variants:

  • AEO Certificate "Customs Simplification" (AEO C)
  • AEO Certificate "Security" (AEO S)
  • AEO Certificate "Customs Simplifications/Safety" (AEO F)

Eligible economic operators may be granted the following benefits:

  • For certain customs simplifications (e.B. simplified notification procedure, registration procedure) the conditions of authorised economic operators do not need to be re-examined, as these conditions have already been examined at the time of issue of the AEO certificate. This speeds up the authorisation procedures and makes it easier for companies operating throughout Europe to be granted in other Member States, as the AEO certificate is recognised in all Member States of the Community.
  • Holders of an AEO certificate S or F may submit summary entry and exit declarations (so-called pre-registrations) with reduced data sets, as opposed to economic operators who do not hold an AEO certificate S or F.
  • Holders of an AEO certificate are less likely to check goods or documents. If further examination is nevertheless required after the risk analysis, this will be carried out as a matter of priority and the holder of an AEO certificate S or F may be informed in advance.
  • According to the existing Modernised Customs Code (MZK), some customs simplifications (e.B. reduction in the amount of the guarantee, use of centralised customs clearance) are applied to the fulfilment of AEO authorisation requirements.


  • appropriate compliance with customs regulations (Art. 14h ZK-DVO)
  • satisfactory system of keeping the accounts and, where appropriate, the transport documents (Art. 14i ZK-DVO)
  • proven solvency (Art. 14j ZK-DVO)

Only to be met by AEO S and AEO F:

  • appropriate safety standards (Art. 14k ZK-DVO)

In Germany, the Contact Point AEO in Nuremberg is responsible for the entire cross-Member State coordination of the authorisation procedure (information and consultation procedure). In addition to the local main customs offices, the AEO contact point also provides general information on the subject.

Please contact:

Nuremberg Main Customs Office
Contact point AEO
Frankenstraße 208
90461 Nuremberg

Please apply to the Main Customs Office responsible for you.

In principle, no fees/costs apply to the customs administration for the certification procedure.

Application deadlines: none

Validity period of status: perpetual

Article 6 of the UCC; Articles 38 and 39 UCC (https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/DE/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32013R0952&rid=1) i..m V. Articles Articles 26 to 29 UK-DA (https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/DE/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32015R2446&qid=1569234061397&from=DE) i.V.m. Articles 24 to 35 UUS-IA (https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/DE/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32015R2447&rid=3)

  • Please use the application on the customs website, which you can fill in online.
  • Alternatively, you can use form 0390 and submit the application by post.
  • Together with the application form, the questionnaire for self-assessment should always be submitted, which you can also find under the link to download it.
Internet seit zoll - Application form and questionnaire

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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