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EU: Transition of AEO applications to online system

EU: Transition of AEO applications to online system

The European Commission announced that beginning October 1, 2019, applications for “Authorised Economic Operator” (AEO) status will have to be made electronically through the EU trader portal.

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Until September 30, 2019, AEO applications together with the self-assessment questionnaire (SAQ) can be submitted to the competent customs authority by using the paper format. Beginning October 1, 2019, the transitional period set out by the EU law ends, and thus, it will be mandatory to submit the AEO application together with the SAQ electronically by using the “EU Trader Portal for eAEO”—the portal that is intended to facilitate and speed up the exchange of information related to AEO applications, decisions, authorisations, and their management processes.

The EC release explains that the EU Trader Portal for eAEO will be deployed in two phases:  

  • Phase 1 for the submission of the AEO application and the decision-taking process, from October 1, 2019
  • Phase 2 for the other subsequent processes, from December 15, 2019

The rule applicable to the transition (and to the exceptional paper procedure) is that: 

  • If a procedure is initiated on paper before October 1, 2019, it continues on paper.
  • If it is initiated electronically from October 1, 2019 onwards, it continues electronically.

There will be a transition period after October 1, 2019, to allow the processing of existing paper applications not yet accepted. The transition period will be 60-days maximum (November 29 included).The maximum period to process a paper application submitted before October 1, 2019, is therefore 60 days from October 1, 2019.

Economic operators need to obtain an “Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number” from their national customs administration if they do not have one already.

 

For more information on this topic or to learn more about KPMG’s Trade & Customs Services, contact:

Doug Zuvich
Partner and Global Practice Leader
T: 312-665-1022
E: dzuvich@kpmg.com

John L. McLoughlin
Principal and East Coast Leader
T: 267-256-2614
E: jlmcloughlin@kpmg.com

Andy Siciliano
Partner and National Practice Leader
T: 631-425-6057
E: asiciliano@kpmg.com

Steve Brotherton
Principal and Global Export and Sanctions Leader
T: 415-963-7861
E: sbrotherton@kpmg.com

Luis (Lou) Abad
Principal, Washington National Tax
T: 212-954-3094
E: labad@kpmg.com

Irina Vaysfeld
Principal
T: 212-872-2973
E: ivaysfeld@kpmg.com

Amie Ahanchian
Managing Director
T: 202-533-3247
E: aahanchian@kpmg.com

Robert Waldrop
Principal
T: 212-954-8117
E: rwaldrop@kpmg.com

Gisele Belotto
Managing Director
T: 305-913-2779
E: gbelotto@kpmg.com

Christopher Young
Principal
T: 312-665-3229
E: christopheryoung@kpmg.com

Andy Doornaert
Managing Director
T: 313-230-3080
E: adoornaert@kpmg.com

George Zaharatos
Principal
T: 404-222-3292
E: gzaharatos@kpmg.com

Jessica Libby
Managing Director
T: 612-305-5533
E: jlibby@kpmg.com

 

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