AEO status is not mandatory. It is a commercial decision as it gives quicker access to certain simplified customs procedures and in some cases the right to ‘fast-track’ your shipments through certain HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) safety and security procedures.
The status of authorised economic operator granted by one Member State is recognised by the other Member States. This does not automatically allow them to benefit from simplifications provided for in the customs rules in the other Member States. However, other Member States should grant the use of simplifications to authorised economic operators if they meet specific requirements.
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