Overseas Trade

HM Treasury written question – answered on 3rd April 2017.

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Photo of Richard Graham Richard Graham Conservative, Gloucester

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many UK companies there are with Authorised Economic Operator status.

Photo of Richard Graham Richard Graham Conservative, Gloucester

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many companies have applied for Authorised Economic Operator status in each of the last five years.

Photo of Richard Graham Richard Graham Conservative, Gloucester

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average length of time taken to process an application for Authorised Economic Operator status was in each year of the last five years; and whether there are target times for the processing of such applications.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

On 28 March 2017 the UK had 667 businesses holding Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status.

During the last five complete calendar years the number of applications received by HM Revenue and Customs and the average time taken to issue a decision are as follows:

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Applications received

55

45

58

91

300

Average time taken to issue a decision (days)

123

96

124

120

128

As of 28 March 2017, there had been 32 UK AEO applications received for 2017. There has been a significant increase in applications since the introduction of the Union Customs Code from 1 May 2016.

The Union Customs Code provides a period of 120 days for an AEO decision to be issued. A further 60 day extension is allowed where the customs authority considers it necessary, providing a total of 180 days if required.

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