Building the future of AEO

Last week in Brazil I participated in several meetings in the AEO Brazil Phase III. 

The third phase of the project includes several different further developments of the AEO concept, the most important being an integrated AEO model introducing a Single Government AEO Model.

Common AEO training: Customs, Agruculture and Health – in Brazil

Last year World Customs Organization introduced a third pillar of the SAFE Framework of Standards, Government to Government cooperation. 

Since before some countries has initiated a broader use of the Customs AEO status within Government, but very few has developed generic models making Customs AEO to also become a Government AEO status. 

This is the ultimate goal of AEO and it was always the vision for the compliance management model called AEO we once developed in the late 90s. Already in the beginning of 2000 I was involved in starting up cooperation projects on AEO with other agencies in Sweden.

This is the future of AEO, a practical instrument for Coordinated Border Management combining AEO and Single Window.

If a company is a trusted trader with Customs, why would they not be trusted by other Government agencies involved in international trade? 

However, there is a long and very interesting way to go to get there. Brazil is a leader in this development and had decided to implement the concept of Single Government AEO Status. This means that the AEO status given by Customs – in this case by the Brazilian Revenue Authority (Receita Federal)- will also be acknowledged and accepted by other Brazilian Government agencies involved in import and export of goods. The design and development starts with a project together with the two major agencies, Vigiagro (Agriculture) and Anvisa (Health). 

The three agencies are now developing a common model for application, validation, certification, mangement/monitoring and re-validstion of AEO. An exiting project. A pilot is planned for the beginning of next year. 

Keep reading this blog and you will learn more about the future of AEO – the future of trade.