Preferred Trader and Authorised Economic Operator

Preferred Trader (PT)

Accreditation is an advanced programme which forms a partnership between SARS and those clients who have an appropriate record of compliance, financial stability, and who maintain a high quality of internal operational processes and computer systems. In return, SARS Customs offers certain benefits to these clients. 

The introduction of a level two Accreditation Programme, with effect from 1 August 2011 (also known as Preferred Trader) is in response to the need to further improve trade facilitation, whilst securing international supply chains and encouraging greater compliance. Here you will find more information about the PT programme.

Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

The core concept of the international framework is the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Programme. An AEO is a party involved in the international movement of goods in whatever function that has been approved by or on behalf of a national Customs Administration as complying with WCO or equivalent supply chain security standards. AEO’s may include manufacturers, importers, exporters, brokers, carriers, consolidators, intermediaries, ports, airports, terminal operators, integrated operators, warehouses, distributors and freight forwarders. Here you will find more information about the AEO programme.


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 Top FAQs

What is the role of The Customs Relationship Manager/Regional Audit Manager (CRM)?
A CRM will be allocated to all successful applicants who have been awarded level two (2) accreditation status and will also assist new applicants on accreditation applications and engagement with clients.

What is the criterion to prove sufficient Customs Knowledge ito Rule 64E.13?
The person employed by the applicant who will be responsible for the accredited clients requirements must first pass a competency assessment test administered by the Commissioner.

Are there any assessments that you need to write in order to qualify for the program?
The accreditation Rules require that the person employed by the applicant who will be responsible for the accredited client requirements, must, before being employed in that capacity, pass a test administered by the Commissioner.

What are the requirements applicants must meet in order to apply for Preferred Trader status?
•Appropriate record of compliance; •Record keeping, computer, accounting or logistical system; •Sufficient customs knowledge; •Sufficient financial resources.

What is the SC-CF-06-A01?
It is the Accreditation Request for information and self-assessment application document. The client completes the document in its entity and performs a self-assessment in terms of the requirements.