AEO (Authorised Economic Operator) Cyber Security IT testing requirements

AEO (Authorised Economic Operator) or Trusted Trader is rapidly becoming part of the post-Brexit landscape, don’t let the IT systems catch you out.

Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) is an accreditation achieved by businesses that meet strict customs criteria by demonstrating quality, compliance and trustworthiness in the international supply chain. AEO is awarded by the HMRC and is recognised throughout the EU and internationally.

A review or Penetration test of your IT systems is a requirement of the accreditation, we have specifically designed a new IT health check (AEOTEST) to meet the requirements of AEO accreditation.

AEOTest is a package Designed specifically for Economic Operators to meet current requirements

Any company that operates within the international supply chain and carries out Customs related activities in the EU is permitted to apply for the AEO accreditation. Eligible companies can fall into any of the below criteria:

  • Importers
  • Exporters
  • Warehouse keepers
  • Manufacturers
  • Freight forwarders
  • Customs agents
  • Carriers
  • Other (for example, port operators, secure freight parking operatives, airline loaders)

Our consultants will perform the AEOtest IT Health Check and report on any issues and supply you with associated fixes.

Once fixed we will retest these systems and once remediated supply a Pass Certificate you can supply with your submission.

You can apply for AEO status for either Customs Simplifications (AEOC), Security and Safety (AEOS) or for both.

Any company that operates within the international supply chain and carries out Customs related activates in the EU is permitted to apply for the AEO accreditation. Eligible companies can fall into any of the below criteria-

  • Importers
  • Exporters
  • Warehouse keepers
  • Manufacturers
  • Freight forwarders
  • Customs agents
  • Carriers
  • Other (for example, port operators, secure freight parking operatives, airline loaders)

Whilst Accreditation is not a compulsory requirement, it does offer a number of benefits including access to streamline and simplify customs procedures, safety and security procedures in certain cases.

FAQ

Is it mandatory to become an AEO?

An economic operator is not forced to become an authorize economic operator: it is a personal choice that depends on the specific condition of each one.

How do we demonstrate that we are secure?

Once all High and Critical issues are fixed Communicate Plc will supply a pass certificate.

Can you help with Fixes?

Yes but we will supply a list of issues and associated fixes to help you do this without support but support is available if you need it.

We are in the process of changing Suppliers should I wait?

Your Submission is time bound so you may not have the choice to wait. But we can help you with finding a solution to fit your new needs and often reducing costs. This can include IT support, Internet Connectivity, Hardware procurement and Telecoms

Get in touch to discuss your requirements.