A Local Perspective to the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Concept

  • Marko Cedilnik University of Maribor, Faculty of Logistics
  • Rok RamÅ¡ak Mercator, d.d.
Keywords: authorised economic operator (AEO), customs clearance, road transportation, flow of goods, supply chain management, local self-government


This paper explains the concept the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) and discusses why it is important for the local authorities to be familiar with the concept. Based on the quantitative survey carried out in this research we found that the ownership of the AEO certificate accelerates the road-based flow of goods and that it also positively affects the operation of economic operators within the scope of international trade. We also established that the infrastructure at border crossings does not enable the complete utilisation of all benefits offered by the ownership of the AEO certificate. This research of the AEO customs control program finds that the positive effects of AEO are reflected in the local environment as well and that the maximisation of the effects of the AEO requires the participation of the local government (municipalities, other local communities). This is especially the case in the activities associated with the planning of cross border traffic infrastructure and in the provision of information on the significance of time and security of supply chain functions.

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