As of 28 February 2013, the Darmstadt chief customs office has granted AEO-F status to LOT-QuantumDesign GmbH.
The AEO guidelines aim to secure the international chain of delivery. Companies with AEO status are recognized as highly reliable and trustworthy and benefit from facilitations with regard to customs controls.
To gain AEO status, a company has to meet the following criteria:
- Customs compliance
- Appropriate record-keeping,
- Financial solvency
- Appropriate security and safety standards
The AEO certificate is becoming more and more importance in international trade.