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EMCC: Brexit & the Customs Union – How to prepare for customs changes incorporating Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

29 January, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Union Customs Code (UCC) and Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) – Impact on Exporters & Importers.  The Union Customs Code (UCC) in May 2016 introduced changes.  This means that achieving Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status is more relevant than ever to International Trade business.  Furthermore, it will continue to be relevant whatever happens when we exit the EU.

What’s on offer?

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.  of course, all this makes AEO status even more important

The 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

As a result of attending, you will gain an understanding of Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)status and its financial and supply chain benefits.  In addition, you will understand the important place the AEO has in the UCC.  Even beyond Brexit.

Who is it for?

  • Importers
  • Exporters
  • Freight Forwarders
  • Customs Agents

Expert speaker

Keith Robe has over 30 years’ experience in his former role with HMRC.  He will talk about all the aspects of Authorised Economic Operator status and its benefits to your business.  He’ll also take your questions.  Keith has over 10 years’ experience in AEO matters, including training of HMRC staff, responsibility for applications and audits.  Moreover, he is Security & Safety qualified.

Further information and registration

This course runs from 9am to 4:30pm at the Chamber’s Chesterfield offices.  Members can attend for £260+VAT while non-members will be charged £370+VAT.  Moreover, there are only a few places left on this very popular course.  So don’t delay, book your place today.  Not what you were looking for? Then check out our online events calendar for more business events.

We’re delivering this workshop in a board room style environment from the Chamber’s modern training facilities.  Furthermore, we’ll provide both lunch and refreshments as part of this workshop.  There is also no need for delegates to bring any stationery or IT equipment.

East Midlands Chamber’s 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 Authorised Economic Operator 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 Authorised Economic Operator status if they wish to do so.

Keith’s expert knowledge in this area is second to none.  Indeed, he was previously 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 Authorised Economic Operator programme.  In fact, he’s been doing this since 2006.  Furthermore, 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.  Indeed he was recognised for this and awarded the World Customs Organisation Certificate of Merit in 2011.  He has also 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 Authorised Economic Operator application process leading to AEO C start from £6,00.00 + VAT

Please telephone 0333 320 0333 and speak with either Julie Whiting (extension 2020) or Theresa Hewitt (extension 2018) for more information.



East Midlands Chamber


East Midlands Chamber – Chesterfield
Commerce House, Millennium Way, Dunston Road
Chesterfield, Derbyshire S41 8ND United Kingdom
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0333 320 0333


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