Barcelona hosted the XXVI Congress of the Association of Customs Agents of the Americas (ASAPRA) from 5th – 7th of June. Customs agents and brokers from Latin America, Spain and Portugal gathered to discuss the importance of the alliance between the public and private sectors, global and strategic alliances in the customs sector, cybersecurity and tariff comparison in trade. international.
ASAPRA is a founding member of the AEO International Association, whose President, Antonio Llobet, was appointed in this same meeting as Vice President of ASAPRA for the European area.
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The State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the International Association of AEO Customs and Logistics have signed an Action Plan to extend the collaboration begun in October 2017 by agreeing to the co-organization of the International Conference: AEO Contributing to a secure business environment for economic development, held in Baku, Azerbaijan, between May 2 and 4.
At the Closing Ceremony of the Conference, the Chairman of the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Safar Mehdiyev, and the President of the International Association AEO Customs and Logistics, Mr. Antonio Llobet, signed a document of agreement on the actions that will be taken continuity to the cooperation between the State Customs Committee and the Association.
This Action Plan is an important result of this second International Conference and signals the commitment of the International Association AEO to support the development of AEO in the Eurasian region.
The International Association of Authorised Economic Operators (AEO) 2018 Annual Assembly and Conference: Contributing to a secure business environment for economic development has taken place from 2 to 4 May 2018 in Baku, Azerbaijan. This event has been co-organised by the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the International Association of AEO Customs and Logistics.
The overall theme of the conference was “Contributing to a secure business environment for economic development” and sessions were structured around 4 topics:
– Core Elements of a Secure Business Environment;
– Building a secure supply chain;
– The Silk Road Economic Belt: Corporations, Border Services and Intermodal Transport and Logistics Operations
– AEO Contributing to economic development
This is the II International Conference organised by the International Association AEO Customs and Logistics. It has yielded important results for the future of the Association and for the development of AEO in the region.
At the Closing Ceremony, Chairman of the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Safar Mehdiyev, and President of the International Association AEO Customs and Logistics, Mr. Antonio Llobet, signed a document agreeing on the actions to give continuity to the cooperation among both organisations on the subject of AEO.
Find here the conclusions and presentations of the AEO International Conference: “Contributing to a secure business environment for economic development”.
The 4th WCO Global AEO Conference – “Promoting Mutual Recognition of AEOs to Strengthen and Secure Global Trade” was celebrated in Kampala, Uganda from 13-16 March 2018. The conference brought together more than 1100 participants from 95 countries and provided a platform for 125 speakers. The International Association AEO Customs and Logistics attended this important bi-annual event.
Participants were involved in the discussions on how Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) programmes and Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) can provide a secure business environment for economic development and enhance compliance level, on the the need to standardize and harmonize the AEO programmes around the world, the changes brought about by technology solutions, and the importance of promoting the AEO programmes to SMEs, among other topics.
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Government and business leaders and regional experts assessed public policies aiming at promoting Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises and the commitment of business organisations to their development and funding. Discussions focussed on the role of regional banks, good practices in public funding, productive transformation and innovation, as well as the role they play in contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals, which will be key in the 2018 Ibero-American Summit to be held in Antigua Guatemala, on 14-15 November.
The International Association of AEO took this opportunity to present the organisation to government representatives from Ibero-American countries present at the meeting and to invite them to the AEO Conference and Assembly in Baku next May 2-4.
A delegation of the State Customs Committee of Azerbaijan, led by the Chief of International Relations, Dilavar Farzaliyev, have been in Barcelona, Spain, to work on the organisation of the International Association of Authorized Economic Operators (AEO) Customs and Logistics 2018 Assembly and Conference to be held in Baku on May 2, 3 and 4. This event is hosted by the State Customs Committee of Azerbaijan.
On the occasion of this working visit, the Azerbaijani delegation, accompanied by Customs Supervisor from DHL Azerbaijan, Ms. Lala Imanova, are having bilateral meetings with leading institutions in Barcelona. On Tuesday 13, they have met with the Barcelona Free Zone Consortium, a public industrial development engine; and Foment del Treball, the oldest employers’ organisation in Europe, stablished in 1771. On Wednesday 14, they have met with the Barcelona City Council and the Port of Barcelona.
The presentation by Customs Supervisor from DHL Azerbaijan, Ms. Lala Imanova, can be downloaded here >>
The President of the International Association of Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Customs and Logistics, Mr. Antonio Llobet, held a bilateral meeting with Hon. Prof. Aydin A. Aliyev, Chairman of the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijanin. The focus of the conversations were the 2018 Assembly and Conference of the Association.
The International Association of Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Customs and Logistics held an Informative Meeting in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, on 3rd November 2017.
Mr. Henry Thomson was designated Leader for Central America, Dominican Republic and Panamá Area.
On November 3, the 48th Assembly of ASAPRA was held in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. The event was attended by the highest representatives of the different national Associations, among them, Antonio Llobet, president of the General Council of Customs Agents and of the International Association of Authorized Economic Operator (AEO).
Between October 19 and 22, 2017, the XV Customs Forum was held in San Sebastian, organized by the Council, together with the Customs Agencies of Irún and Pasajes. The event participants included the General Council of Associations of Customs Agents of Spain, delegations of the different Customs Colleges of the country, Customs Authorities and representatives of the sector at an international level, with the special presence of D. Alfonso Rojas, President of ASAPRA, who presented the paper “Customs Agents facing the new global challenges”.
The Forum brought together customs agents, freight forwarders, logistics operators and other actors in the supply chain, as well as representatives of the different administrations involved.
The annual meeting of the Customs Forum is an excellent opportunity to strengthen ties between the foreign trade communities of Europe and America, and to receive first-hand information regarding the European reality on customs matters, which strengthens the knowledge of the professionals of the Customs Colleges and Agents around the world.
The International Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Conference: Performance and Impact, has taken place within the framework of SIL2017, the International Logistics Exhibition, in Barcelona.
It has been a unique opportunity to build relationships between policy-makers and private sector leaders in the international customs and logistics community, in a space for learning about, and reflection on, the role of the AEO.
In international trade, organizations are not measured solely by their annual profit but also by how they perform their activity. Certification as an AEO proves that the company carries out its activity in accordance with regulations and recommendations relevant to the efficiency and safety of its operations. The contribution of the AEO to the professional competence and quality of the services provided; the speed, simplification and predictability of customs procedures and formalities; and to ensuring that goods arrive at their destination in the foreseen time, are all subjects that will be explored in the AEO Conference sessions.
This year, between May 17 and 19, 2017, the city of La Habana hosts three important events for the customs and international logistics community: the Meeting of the Customs of the Americas with the Private Sector, the XXXVIII Meeting of National Customs Directors of Latin America, Spain and Portugal (COMALEP) and the Board of Directors of ASAPRA.
The Secretary General of the World Customs Organization (WCO), Sergio Mujica, more than 20 Directors-General of Customs of the region and authorities of international organizations, among other authorities, along with representatives of organizations and companies from the private sector, are all participating. The International Association of Authorized Economic Operators (AEO) Customs and Logistics follows this important.
The International Association of Authorized Economic Operators (AEO) Customs and Logistics will follow this important meeting for the effective linking of customs with the private sector through the participation of its President Antonio Llobet, who participates in the capacity of President of the General Council of Colleges of Customs Agents of Spain.
During the CRDGA, the private sector participates as observers in the open sessions of the XXXVIII Meeting of National Directors of Customs of Latin America, Spain and Portugal (COMALEP).
These sessions include, among others, the Time Release Study, a study on the deadlines for the lifting of the goods published by the WCO; working within the framework of the Pacific Alliance; experiences in identifying dual-use goods; and e-commerce.
The International Association of Authorized Economic Operators (AEO) Customs and Logistics, of which Antonio Llobet is president, has been invited by the EU and the Spanish Customs Department to participate in the EU AEO workshop to be held in Slovakia from 29 November to 1 December.
The workshop, organized by the European Commission and the government of Slovakia, and attended by institutional representatives and participants from 28 European countries, analyzed and discussed the figure of the AEO. Llobet commented that “it is important that the Association is present for the first time at this type of forum.”
Under the title “Customs Agents: New Challenges, New Opportunities”, the General Assembly of ASAPRA, the Association of Professional Agents of the Americas, was held in Mexico City from November 16 to 18, 2016, chaired by Alfonso Rojas.
Antonio Llobet, President of the International Association of Authorized Economic Operators (AEO) Customs and Logistics, and the General Council of Spanish Customs Brokers, gave a presentation focused on exposing the importance of the AEO as a figure that guarantees maximum security in the international flow of goods, and the need for collaboration between public authorities and customs agents.
Taking advantage of the ASAPRA Assembly, the International Association of Authorized Economic Operators (AEO) Customs and Logistics organized its first working meeting, which defined the immediate actions and future objectives to be achieved during the next two years.
With the aim of boosting foreign trade between Catalonia and the Caribbean, promoting new business opportunities, and establishing or consolidating trade links in the region, Panama and Cuba have been the destinations for this eighteenth business mission of the Port of Barcelona.
Antonio Llobet, member of the Board of Directors of the Port of Barcelona, President of COACAB, the General Council of Customs Agents, and the International Association of AEO Customs and Logistics, participated in the mission and gave the session “Customs agents promoting the AEO “, in the technical customs seminar, organized in Panama, which involved a hundred professionals in the sector – the most attended seminar of all those organized in previous editions.
The General Council of Colleges of Customs Agents of Spain, delegations of the different Colleges from the country, customs authorities, as well as representatives from abroad, among them and prominently ASAPRA, participated in the Customs Forum organized by the Council of Madrid between 10 and 13 November 2016, and held in Madrid.
The Forum brought together both customs and freight forwarders, logistics operators and other interested companies in the supply chain, as well as representatives of the various administrations involved. The event, which has a long tradition in the General Council of Customs Agents of Spain and Europe in general, is an excellent opportunity to strengthen ties between European and American foreign trade communities and receive first-hand information about the European reality in terms of customs, which further strengthens the knowledge of the hard and committed work carried out by the colleges and customs agents around the world.
The President of ASAPRA, Lic. Alfonso Rojas, gave the presentation: “WCO STUDY ON CUSTOMS AGENTS”, which garnered great interest among those present, considering the questions posed at the end.
During the Customs Forum, Antonio Llobet de Pablo received the first Foreign Trade Prize of ABC-CZFB, as promoter of the International Association of Authorized Economic Operators (AEO) and President of the General Council of Customs Agents of Spain. This award distinguishes professionals, companies and associations that promote and facilitate the country’s international economic relations, as well as the logistical development of foreign trade. Antonio Llobet received the award from the president of ABC, Catalina Luca de Tena, and Jordi Cornet, the Spanish government’s special delegate to the Consortium of the Barcelona Free Trade Zone.
Antonio Llobet is also the main driver of the International Association of Authorized Economic Operators (AEO) Customs and Logistics –founded in June in Barcelona at the International Logistics and Maintenance Fair of Barcelona (SIL). This event coincided with the Congress of the Federation of National Associations of Freight Forwarders and Logistics Operators of Latin America and the Caribbean, ALACAT, the largest international congress of the Latin American logistics sector, as well as the summits of IATA -air transport-, FIATA -freight forwarders-, and ASAPRA – Association of Professional Customs Agents of the Americas.
The International Academy of Customs Law (ICLA) organized the 12th World Meeting on Customs Law, on September 8 and 9 in Valparaíso, Viña del Mar, Chile. Among other topics of interest that were discussed at this important event were the problem of controlling customs conduct, as well as the key elements for the establishment of customs crime and the typical conducts that constitute an infraction.
On September 16, 2016, AEO certificates were delivered at the Auditorium of the National Customs of Bolivia. At the time, Certificates of Authorized Economic Operator were delivered to:
Customs Clearance Agency Bruseco S.R.L. – Roberto Fuentes Avila.
Customs Clearance Agency Cumbre S.R.L. – Pablo Mier Garrón
Customs Clearance Agency Paceña S.R.L. – Johnny Salas
The event was attended by the President of the National Customs of Bolivia, Marlene Ardaya Vásquez, and the General Manager of the National Customs of Bolivia, Abog. Alberto Pozo Peñaranda.
In November 2016, the National Customs Department delivered the AEO Certificate to the AGENAL Customs Brokerage Agency represented by the Customs Broker Sofía Villegas Reynolds. The Certificate was delivered by the Regional Manager of Customs Cochabamba, Lic. Dirsey Vargas Amurrio.
In March 2017, the Customs Broker Agency AGDA obtained the AEO Certificate, received by Customs Broker José Gutierrez. The Regional Manager of La Paz Customs; Mr. Jose Blacud, issued the certificate.
On September 10, 2017, AEO certificates were delivered at the Auditorium of the National Customs of Bolivia. At the time, Certificates of Authorized Economic Operator were delivered to:
Customs Clearance Agency “R&S” S.R.L. – David Rocha Calderón
Customs Clearance Agency “Vilaseca” S.A. – Juan Carlos Vilaseca Gonzáles
On November 28, 2017, the Customs Broker Agency VASLEC INTERNACIONAL obtained the AEO Certificate. The National Customs of Bolivia, represented by its President, Marlene Ardaya Vásquez; General Manager, Abog. Alberto Pozo Peñaranda; and Santa Cruz Regional manager, Lic. William Castillo; delivered the AEO accreditation to Luis Ernesto Castedo Urzagaste, General Manger of VASLEC INTERNACIONAL S.R.L.
The third Global Conference on AEO, organized by the Mexican Government’s Tax Administration Service, in conjunction with the World Customs Organization and the Korean Customs Service, was held in Cancún from 11 to 13 May 2016.
The theme of the Third Global Conference of the AEO is “The Evolution of Security in Global Trade: Large Partnerships, Innovative Technologies and Smart Practices.” The Conference is an excellent opportunity to discuss the dynamic developments of the AEO in the light of global security concerns. The Conference also highlights the growing role of digital technology, which transforms the way customs and businesses operate, providing better supply chain solutions in international trade and economic growth. The Conference programme facilitates discussion on inter-agency collaboration and the recognition of validated trading agents in order to expedite the procedures undertaken by the different control agencies at border crossings.
This international meeting, which is organized every two years, aims to exchange views and analyze the challenges and opportunities of the AEO with the aim of facilitating international trade and supply chain security.
Antonio Llobet, president of the Barcelona Customs Agents Association (COACAB) and the General Council of Spanish Customs Brokers, participated as a speaker in one of the working sessions.
Antonio Llobet, President of the General Council of Customs Agents of Spain, attended the meeting of the Association of Professional Customs Agents of the Americas (ASAPRA) and the International Seminar of Customs Agents “The WCO’s Vision of the Customs Professional” with representatives of customs agents from 21 countries in the region, organized by the Dominican Association of Customs Agents (ADAA). Juan Tatis, president of ADAA, explained that the seminar seeks to train the customs professional at the highest level and document the main challenges of customs agents in the new dynamics of international trade.
Coinciding with the meeting, a working group of the main associations representing the private logistics and customs sector of Latin America and Spain reviewed and approved the draft statutes of the new AEO global organization that will represent the interests of private organizations with respect to this customs figure.