European Union’s Section I.2.5, Supply Chain Security Safety and Security
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The AEO concept is one of the main building blocks within the WCO SAFE Framework of Standards (SAFE). The latter is part of the future international Customs model set out to support secure trade. SAFE sets out a range of standards to guide international Customs Administrations towards a harmonized approach based on Customs to Customs cooperation and Customs to Business partnership.
“These Guidelines (AEO certification requirements) do not constitute a legally binding act and are of an explanatory nature. Their purpose is to provide a tool to facilitate the correct application by Member States of the new legal provisions on Authorized Economic Operators. Please consult TAXUD customs and security website to find the latest version of the AEO Guidelines. This document provides explanatory notes on the qualifying criteria for receiving the AEO status pursuant to Article 5a of the Community Customs Code as amended by Regulation (EC) no. 648/2005 (further on: CC) and Articles 14a-14q of its Implementing Provisions as amended by Regulation (EC) no. 1875/2006 (further on: CCIP). There is no obligation for economic operators to become AEOs, it is a matter of the operators’ own choice based on their specific situation. Nor is there any obligation for AEOs to require that their business partners have also to obtain AEO status.”
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As opposed to the approach taken with C-TPAT where security requirements are specific to a supply chain member (e.g. air carrier, custom broker), AEO Section I.2.5 security requirements are specific to business activities and, in a separate section (Part 3, I1), indicate which criteria are applicable to which supply chain member (e.g. carrier, customs broker).
Our approach was to list all criteria and assign an “N/A” to requirements not specific to a particular supply chain member. This approach retained the logical numbering system of criteria.
Each “criteria” specified identified four information elements. These elements included an Indicator, a Risk Description, Points for Attention, and Possible References to International Recognized Standards.
We used the Indicators (e.g. “Routines for Access to Cargo Units”) as descriptive titles for the fifth level of numeric ID (e.g.I.184.108.40.206).
We used “Points of Attention” as the requirement (criteria) itself (e.g. “Only properly identified and authorized persons should have access to the cargo units”) which would be identified in the sixth level of numeric ID (e.g. I.220.127.116.11). Where necessary, we listed “group” criteria into operational level criteria.
Given the fact that the first three levels of criteria ID used in the provided material are identical at the level we are working at for supply chain safety and security criteria, we use only the last three digits to identify unique operational level criteria.
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To visit European Union’s website: European Commission Home Page
For your convenience, download the complete source document: AEO Guidelines European Commission
Citation: Customs Policy, Risk Management, Security, and Specific Controls entitled “Authorised Economic Operators”, published by the European Commission, Directorate-General, June 29, 2007, TAXUD/2006/1450.
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