Richard Cornelisse

European Commission – updated AEO Course via e-learning modules

In EU development on 09/08/2013 at 10:39 am

AEO Course

Welcome to this electronic course which is designed to help learn the relevant facts about the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) legislation and the process of becoming an AEO. The course can be downloaded as a zip-archive. The content of this file is as follows:

  • Quick Start Guide document
  • AEO Course

This page addresses some general questions you may have about the course.

Why is the topic of AEO important for trade?

AEO is a concept that aims at balancing increased security requirements with facilitations for compliant traders. It constitutes a main element of the Customs Security Program of the European Union.

The training is intend to be a helpful tool both to customs and trade about the legislation, the benefits and the process of getting the AEO status.

Our target is to foster a uniform implementation of the connected standards throughout the European Union.

What will you learn by studying this course?

Having studied this course, you will:

  • be familiar with the AEO concept and the 3 types of AEO certificates
  • understand why an AEO status may be of interest for an economic operator
  • know how and where to apply for an AEO certificate
  • be familiar with the criteria that will need to be met and how should one prepare for this
  • understand customs’ decision process
  • know the actions will need to be taken once AEO status is granted

How was the course developed?

The course was developed under the Customs 2013 Programme. The content was created by a project team comprised of national experts and officials working at the Customs and Taxation Directorate General of the European Commission.

The course contains topics considered to be of common interest across the EU.

Please note that this course replaces the AEO eLearning modules for Customs and Economic Operators published in 2009. It reflects the updates of the related legislation performed in the past years and the experiences gained by customs and business so far.

As a consequence, the outdated AEO courses and their translated versions will be archived and not accessible anymore.

How should the course be followed?

The course is divided into five learning units as follows:



Approximate time to complete (in minutes)


Course Introduction



What is AEO



Applying for AEO status



Course summary




Please note that the course also provides information on Criteria and Risk in two separated floating units of 30 minutes each.

The course is available in English. Other language versions will be added in due course.

It is recommended:

  • that the student follows the five units in the order in which they are presented
  • that the study of these units be spread over a number of days to avoid information overload
  • that the student has the opportunity to discuss what is learned with others
  • that the student is facilitated in relating the material to his/her own work environment

How should I Start to Use This Course?

  • First, please save the zip-file to your hard disk
  • Extract the zip-file to a folder of your choice
  • Read the ‘Quick Start Guide‘- document in this folder
  • This document will provide you with all the necessary technical information
  • Install the course to your system as specified in this document or ask your system administrator to do so

Using the course does not require a high level of information technology skills on the part of the students.


Feedback on this course is very much welcomed by Directorate General Taxation and Customs Union:

To download the course, please access our e-learning download portal and choose to download the AEO course.

via AEO Course – European Commission.


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