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Guide to Customs Administration

Authorization Criteria and Rating Classes

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What are the criteria to be met for acquiring the AEO status?

The AEO authorization criteria consist of four areas: legal compliance, internal control system, financial solvency and security management. The main points of each area are summarized as follows:

First, any company desiring to acquire the AEO status must be free from any reason for disqualification as specified by the Commissioner of the Korea Customs Service and maintain itself above a certain level in terms of legal compliance.
Second, a company’s internal control system is a system of its own established to enhance its legal compliance and must be maintained above a certain level as prescribed in the Public Notification of AEO Authorization and Management Affairs.
Third, to be recognized as financially sound, a company must not be in arrears with any payment. If any debt does exist, it must reflect a debt ratio less than 200% of the average debt ratio for its corresponding industry, or the enterprise must be an investment-grade company.
Fourth, security management consists of 8 criteria: management of business partners, transportation means, etc.; access control; personnel management; handling procedure management; facilities & equipment management; information & technology management; and education & training. Any company desiring to acquire the AEO status must maintain itself above a certain level in each area as specified by the Commissioner of the Korea Customs Service.
For details of the AEO authorization criteria for each category of parties concerned, please click Next. The AEO guidelines are the sub-criteria of the AEO criteria, and the self-assessment table is designed for you to assess whether your own company currently satisfies the AEO authorization criteria.

What are AEO certificate classes and their meaning?

AEO certificate classes are determined as follows by measuring the legal compliance of companies which meet the criteria of financial solvency and security management and have an assessment score of not less than 80 points in terms of their internal control systems. However, companies with an assessment score of less than 70 points in legal compliance are not eligible for AEO authorization.

  • CLASS "A" : Companies with an assessment score of 80 or more points in legal compliance
  • CLASS "AA" : Companies with an assessment score of 90 or more points in legal compliance
  • CLASS "AAA" : Companies with an assessment score of 95 or more points in legal compliance which are recognized as having one or more exemplary cases that may be applied to other enterprises in relation to such areas as legal compliance, according to the results of a comprehensive audit among authorized economic operators (AEOs).

※ Slightly different benefits are granted to respective rating classes. You can ascertain the benefits for each class in detail in the Necessity of AEO Authorization and the Benefits of AEO Status.

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