We decided to create and publish this directory as a result of our work in developing the Exporters Almanac. We understood the importance of AEOs in facilitating frictionless cross-border trade, but found the directory made available by the European Union to be too limited.
Although you should use this as a final check that any AEO you are likely to deal with is still authorised, you can only search by: name, country and authorisation type. The details then provided are simply, name, certificate, Competent Customs Authority and effective date. There are no other contacts.
We felt that you should be able to search by “activity” (if you are looking for a freight forwarder, you do not want to be provided with the name of pharmaceutical company) and then be provided with contact details.
In enriching the database we have used:
The main problems we have encountered in developing the directory are:
In these cases we are unable, for the time being, to enrich the data for that EU entry. We will be contacting the relevant authorities to try to resolve these issues.
On a more general point, sometimes Kompass and\or the official company registry only provide partial details. In these cases, we only report what we have been able to find.
We hope you find this directory useful – and that you check out The Authorised Economic Operators Directory – and if you have any suggestions as to how we could improve this service, please drop us a line.
The Authorised Economic Operators Directory is published by The Reference Data Exchange Ltd.