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Brexit and the Customs Union - How to Prepare for Customs Changes Incorporating Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

The changes that were introduced by the Union Customs Code (UCC) in May 2016 mean that achieving Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status is more relevant than ever to International Trade business and it will continue to be relevant whatever happens when we exit the EU.

The UCC affects the way many companies involved in international trade do business and some of the changes introduced include mandatory guarantees and the requirement for all businesses applying to use customs regimes or special procedures to meet the AEO criteria making AEO status even more important.

This seminar will cover:

  • Brexit and the Customs Union
  • The background to AEO
  • The UCC and its impact
  • The HMRC application and audit processes
  • AEOC (Customs Compliance) - what you need to do
  • AEOS (Security & Safety) - what you need to do
  • A look at the C117 and C118 application forms
  • Maintaining your AEO status

Who should attend?

  • Importers
  • Exporters
  • Freight Forwarders
  • Customs Agents

The outcome of this event is understanding Authorised Economic Operator status and it's financial and supply chain that benefits together with the important place it has in the UCC.

About the trainer;
Keith Robe, who has over 30 years' experience in his former role with HMRC will talk about all the aspects of AEO and its benefits to your business and to take your questions. Keith has over 10 years' experience in AEO matters including training of HMRC staff, responsibility for applications and audits, and is Security & Safety qualified.

Other services you may benefit from...
East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) AEO Service 
As Brexit leads us into uncertain times, one area of international trade that will not change when we leave the EU is the issue of customs compliance and safety and security in the supply chain. Individual governments have a continuous obligation to uphold such safety and security measures. 

The process of applying for AEO can be quite lengthy, often daunting and very time consuming, so with this in mind we are delighted to have secured the services of former HMRC International Trade Development Liaison Officer, Keith Robe, to help and advise our members so that they can achieve AEO status if they wish to do so. Keith's expert knowledge in this area is second to none, having been involved in training HMRC staff and education of external business regarding the introduction of AEO & EU International Trade/Customs Security & Safety Law and the UK AEO programme since 2006. As representative of both HMRC and EU Customs, he has worked with the US Customs & Border Protection in the US negotiating AEO/C-TPAT Mutual Recognition for which he received the World Customs Organisation Certificate of Merit in 2011. He has facilitated the introduction of AEO in Brazil with Brazilian Customs and other government financial ministries, designing and delivering AEO workshops and seminars to assist in setting up their AEO programme.

Prices for support through the AEO application process leading to AEO C start from £6000.00 + VAT

Please telephone Julie Whiting 0333 320 0333 ext 2020 or Theresa Hewitt 0333 320 0333 ext 2018 for further information and bookings.


Date: Wednesday 27th March 2019
Time: 9am - 4:30pm
Cost: £260 + VAT for Members & £370 + VAT for Non-Members
Venue: Chamber Office, Chesterfield, Derbyshire