What is an authorized economic operator? Anyone moving goods across borders who meets internationally recognized standards for supply chain security: manufacturers, importers, exporters, brokers, carriers, consolidators, intermediaries, ports, airports, terminal operators, integrated operators, warehouses, and distributors. Through AEO programs, customs administrations work with traders to secure the supply chain while simplifying customs processes and improving customs controls and revenue flow.
Published in April 2010, the AEO handbook was produced by Nathan Associates under the TCBoost project and in collaboration with the World Customs Organization. It describes how to design and execute an AEO program in 11 steps, presents examples of best practices in countries that have AEO programs, and provides sample forms and documents from AEO programs now in operation.