A.E.O. Authorized Economic Operator

An Authorised Economic Operator can be defined as an economic operator who is deemed reliable in the context of his or her customs related operations, and therefore, is entitled to enjoy benefits throughout the customs territory of the Union.
The AEO status granted by one Member State is recognised by the customs authorities in all Member States
The AEO status can be granted to any economic operator meeting the following common


  • – compliance with customs legislation and taxation rules, including no record of serious criminal offences relating to the economic activity of the applicant
  • demonstration of a high level of control of its operations and of the flow of the goods, by means of a system of managing commercial and, where appropriate, transport records, which allows appropriate customs controls
  • proven financial solvency
  • practical standards of competence or professional qualifications directly related to the activity carried out
  • appropriate security and safety standards


  • Customs simplification
  • Easier shipment flow
  • Better relationships with Customs Authorities
  • Improvement in security and communication amongst all supply chain partners.
  • Reduction of problems in the field of Security and safety.


The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), i.e. the Programme for the evaluation of the criteria of forestal certifiction, is a system for the certification of a sustainable management of forests. PEFC is an international initiative based on a wide agreement amongst all parties involved in the implementation of sustainable forest management at both a national and regional level. Amongst its aims, it is worth mentioning its efforts to improve the image of forest growing and all the production chain  from forest to timber, which actually is a valid tool for the trade of timber and other forest products as well as plants managed in a sustainable way.
In Italy, we have PEFC Italia, a non-profit association which is the national control organ of PEFC certification system whose head office is in Perugia.
The PEFC system allows certifying:

  • sustainability of forest management
  • tracing all timber and paper products both traded and transformed, which come from PEFC certified forests.