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3 March 2020 PT/AEO update

What is it?

In June 2005, the World Customs Organisation (WCO) Council adopted the SAFE Framework of Standards to Secure and Facilitate Global Trade that would act as a deterrent to international terrorism, secure revenue collections and promote trade facilitation internationally. The core concept of this international framework is the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme. An Authorised Economic Operator (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, so as to comply with WCO or equivalent supply chain security standards. AEOs may include manufacturers, importers, exporters, brokers, carriers, consolidators, intermediaries, ports, airports, terminal operators, integrated operators, warehouses, distributors and freight forwarders.
The AEO Programme is widely acknowledged as a key driver for a solid customs-business partnership, transparent and predictable trading environment. In a wider context it leads to economic prosperity.

The South African Revenue Service (SARS), as a government department that controls and administers the international movement of goods, is in a unique position to provide increased security to the global supply chain, and to contribute to socio-economic development through revenue collection and trade facilitation.

What are the requirements if I want to apply to be an AEO?

In order to apply to be an AEO, applicants must meet the following requirements or criteria:

1. Entity exceeds Preferred Trader standards for all activities, including licensing:
  • Customs compliance
  • Systems controls and accounting of goods
  • Financial viability and
  • Sufficient Customs Knowledge

2. Entity exceeds Safety & Security and Compliance standards:

  • Cargo security
  • Personnel Security
  • Contractor security
  • Conveyance Security
  • Crisis management
  • Communication and training
  • Security education and
  • Information Technology security.
  • Corporate Governance. 

 What are the benefits of the AEO programme?  

 The benefits of applying to be an AEO include:
  • MRAs with Partner Countries;
  • Partner Interventions with OGAs;
  • Simplified Processes;
  • Electronic Warehouses;
  • Specialised Service Delivery;
  • Reduced Compliance Audits;
  • Expedited Refunds;
  • Reduced Deferment Bonds; and
  • No Special Attendance Fees.

Need help?

You can send an email to [email protected].


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