On October 1, 2019, the European Union (EU) will begin requiring applications for Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) status to be submitted electronically through the EU Trader Portal.
According to a press release issued by the European Commission’s Taxation and Customs Union, the EU Trader Portal will deploy in two phases:
- Phase 1 – Submission of AEO applications and the decision making process, which will deploy on October 1, 2019;
- Phase 2 – Other subsequent processes, which will deploy on December 15, 2019.
AEO applications may continue to be submitted in a paper format until September 30, 2019.
The EU press release may be found here: