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Check if you’re established in the UK or EU for customs

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A person or business needs to be established in the UK or EU to meet a number of customs rules. This includes being able to get a wide range of customs authorisations and simplifications for example:

  • a special procedures authorisation
  • making simplified customs declarations
  • Authorised Economic Operator ( AEO) authorisation
  • a comprehensive customs guarantee

What established means

Individual

You are established in the UK or EU when you have a residence in the UK or EU which you live in for at least 183 days a year.

Partnerships and corporations

If you are a partnership or corporation established in the UK or EU you must have one of the following in the UK or EU:

Multi-national or large companies

Multi-national or large companies usually consist of a parent company and subsidiaries or branches which can be established in one or several parts of the UK or EU.

Whether the branch or subsidiary has the status of a separate legal person depends on national company law.

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