In application of Article 13.1 of the EU Council Directive 2006/112/CE on the common system of the value added tax, all orders for goods and services provided by the WCO are invoiced exclusive of VAT since the WCO is regarded as non-taxable person in respect to the activities or transactions in which it engages as public authority within its scope of activity defined in the Convention of 15 December 1950 establishing a Customs Co-operation Council, even where it collects dues, fees, contributions or payments in connection with those activities or transactions.

The WCO SAFE Framework of Standards – Authorized Economic Operator



“By the end of this lesson you should be able to:

– Name the kinds of businesses that are in scope to be AEOs

– List the benefits businesses and Customs can get from an AEO program

– List the main criteria AEOs would need to satisfy in order to qualify

– Describe the main aspects of mutual recognition of AEOs.

A quiz is also included to test your knowledge.”


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