Become an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) and enjoy the benefits

10 March 2023

An Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) is a company involved in the international movement of goods and approved by SARS Customs as complying with the World Customs Organisation or equivalent compliance and supply chain security standards. AEOs may include manufacturers, importers, exporters, brokers, carriers, consolidators, intermediaries, ports, airports, terminal operators, integrated operators, warehouses, distributors, and freight forwarders. Traders eligible to apply for AEO status include importers, exporters, certified customs brokers, bonded area operators, bonded transportation companies, forwarders, and shipping companies.

Once your application is successful, you become an accredited AEO with immediate access to benefits, including substantial discounts on security.

Apply today:

Step 1: Contact the AEO team on

Step 2: Client Relationship Manager conducts client engagement with the prospective client

Step 3: Complete and submit application and self-assessment forms

Step 4: Documentary review and Client Relationship Manager contacts you

Step 5: Validation audits conducted

Step 6: Accreditation Committee considers application

Step 7: If approved, client awarded AEO and access to range of benefits

For more information, see the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) webpage here.

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