AEP trader guides and appendices

The Automated Entry Processing (AEP) system handles the validation, processing, duty accounting and clearance of customs declarations.


Since 4 October 2021, import declarations can only be submitted through the Automated Import System (AIS)

The following documents set out the formats, definitions and business rules for declarations that are input through the AEP system:

Data protection

The Import, Export and Transit Directory (IET) at OLAF (European Commission anti-fraud office) collects information on the movement of goods for customs purposes. This information is collected from the Export Control System (ECS) when goods are exported using the AEP system.

The information collected usually refers to companies, but may also refer to individuals. You can find further information on the data collected by the IET in Privacy Statement for IET.

Further information

Revenue operates a helpline for queries on AEP.