In Cancun we listened to a great presentation about AEO Brazil done by Jose Carlos Araujo, the Coordinator and operstional manager of Customs (COANA) at the 3rd WCO Global AEO Conference. AEO Brazil is a very modern and interesting AEO programme of world class that has been developed in a comorehenisive and solid way. My friend Jose Carlos did an excellent job introducing AEO Brazil and Receita Federal as a world leader in front of the entire Customs world. I was extremely proud. This is a programme showing that emerging economies can take the lead on new advanced models.

Here I am on stage in Cancun with the Key Persons leading AEO Brazil, namely Jose-Carlos Araujo, the AEO programme Manager Virginia Medeiros and the Head of the National AEO Center in Brazil, Fabiano Deniz. 

I urge all to see what Brazil Customs and the Federal Revnue Authority (Receita Federal) is doing. Visit Receita Federal and Brazil, a wonderful country in so many ways. I love it.
The introduction of AEO Brazil comes in a very timely period for Brazil, while having political turbolence and economic challenges, the leadership of Receita Federal has been extremely strong, dedicated and commited to implementing this new programme in Brazil, for the greater good of the country and global trade. 

The programme has been developed in close cooperation with the private sector through Allianca Procomex. There has also been continued support from the Federation on Brazilian Industry (CNI). The model used By Procomex is unique and should be interesting for many other countries. 

During the third WCO Global AEO Conference in Cancun, Mexico this week – Dubai Customs was invited to present the best AEO programme in the world, AEO UAE. Dubai is the pilot for the federal programme of the United Arab Emirates. The Director His Excellency Ahmed Mahboob Musabih presented the state-of-the-art AEO programme of UAE in one of the first day plenary session panels. The Director did an excellent presentation.

Director Mahboob making the presentation about AEO UAE in Cancun

This is an AEO programme not only meeting the international standards and matching the global best practices, in fact it has ambitions way beyond the AEO programmes of today. AEO UAE is pushing the limits, reving the borders and changing the defintion of what an AEO programne can be. I acknowledge and highly admire the vision, boldness, strenght and inspiration of the UAE leadership and the Dubai Customs top managment – for supporting the creation of a new AEO paradigm. 

With H.E Ahmed Mahboob, the Director of Dubai Customs

There are so many new features of AEO UAE. We talk about the best benefit package in the world, combined with a world class security level. However the best news is that the top management – as stated by Ahmed Mahboob at the conference – aims to go much further, designkng, developing and implementing AEO for transhipments, transit and free zones. 

Selfie with two good colleagues & friends from top managment of Dubai Customs. 

This is revolutionary for the global supply chain. On top of that, Dubai Customs and the UAE Federal Customs Authority will – as the first Customs administrations in the world – implement academically apporoved Key Performance Indicators for speed, predictability, compliance and cost. Amazing. This is the moon-walk of the Customs world. One small step for Customs, one giant leap for Trade.

Going to a conference like this one, is for me like coming home. It is like a family party. When you have worked for 32 years in the area of Customs, Government and international trade – the you know almost everybody. 

Here I am with the Commissioner of Uganda Customs, Dicksons Kateshumbwa and Professor David Widdowson from the Center of Customs and Excise Studies in Australia. David is also the Prosident of the International Network of Customs Universities (INCU), the leading academic network in the world in our field, where I am an Advisory Board Member and was granted the honor of becoming the first ever Honorary Fellow in 2010. 

So, this week I have met a lot of very good friends. I have met my Customs and Trade family. It always makes me happy.