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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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