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Authorized Economic Operator

Security Management Systems for the Supply Chain

AEO is an internationally recognised quality mark, relevant to companies importing and exporting within the international supply chain. It provides evidence to all stakeholders that your practices and protocols are secure and that your customs controls are robust and compliant.


This accreditation is relevant for businesses that are established in the EU, actively involved in customs operations and international trade and have an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number.


Increasingly relevant due to the changes introduced by the Union Customs Code (UCC) in 2016. It is not currently mandatory but does allow holders to take advantage of faster application processes for customs simplifications and authorisations, in addition to reductions/waivers of comprehensive guarantees

Need Help With Your AEO Accreditation Application?


At The Senate Group we offer a full consultancy service to assist your organisation in completing the security risk assessment for those organisations wishing to apply for the AEO Security or AEO Full accreditation.

AEO Training Course

The threat of International terrorism has made the protection of the global supply chain a major priority for business and government. To meet the requirements of HMRC, The Senate Group have developed a security training qualification which has international currency and a programme which provides a security footprint to tackle terrorism, smuggling, counterfeiting and fraud.


The World Customs Organisation (WCO) has encouraged all its members to adopt supply chain security measures in its ‘Framework of Standards to Secure and Facilitate Global Trade’ known as the ‘Safe Framework’. Countries which are members of the WCO account for approximately 99% of global trade.


In accordance with the WCO guidelines, in 2008, The European Parliament adopted the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) accreditation scheme to enhance security controls across the international supply chain through cooperation with world trading partners. All businesses that own or move goods through the international supply chain are affected. This includes manufacturers, agents, warehouses and logistics companies.




The Senate Group offer the delivery of a Nationally recognised qualification. 'Level 3 Organisation Award in Security and Customs Management Systems for the Supply Chain'


The course covers the following:


  • Definition of AEO, and the implications for non-AEO businesses

  • Doing business with EU and non-EU countries based on Mutual Recognition Agreements

  • Comparisons with similar processes e.g. CT PAT, ISO 28000

  • Developing an audit process within your organisation which will ensure customs compliance

  • Developing a policy which promotes security and safety within your supply chain

  • The nature of potential threats and risks which may lead jeopardise the security of  the supply chain


The course, which is 2 or 3 days in duration, can be delivered either at our training centre in South Cheshire, or alternatively, our staff can travel to client premises to deliver an ‘in-house’ course at their own premises.


In order to accommodate the practical element of the course, we would recommend that courses comprise a maximum of 12 candidates.


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