The 5th WCO Global AEO Conference, a great success

The 5th WCO Global AEO Conference, held over three days from 25 to 27 May 2021, concluded successfully with over 3,917 registered participants from 158 World Customs Organization (WCO) Member administrations and stakeholders’ representatives around the world.

During the intensive discussions some 80 prominent experts shared their insights with the global Customs community. The event, hosted virtually by Dubai Customs and the Federal Customs Authority (FCA) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), with support from the Korea Customs Service and various sponsors, achieved its objectives of re-establishing the importance of Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) programmes and helping to shape the vision of the new update of the international standard, AEO 2.0.

The conference was held under the theme “AEO 2.0: advancing towards new horizons for sustainable and secure trade”, Representatives from inter-governmental organizations stressed the importance of Customs and the Post working together to strengthen the supply chain, especially in the e-commerce domain.

The various sessions addressed the importance of digitalization, leveraging new technologies, emerging threats and the significance of data exchange. A number of sessions also identified partnership as a critical aspect that required further development and enhancement. The need to expand AEO programmes to new economic operators, the importance of engaging with OGAs and the potential of AEO implementation to enhance agricultural security were also emphasized.

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Source: WCO