The International Association AEO, Customs and Logistics will celebrate its IV International Congress from 13 to 15 February 2020 Hotel Ocean El Faro. Punta Cana
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The purpose of the 2019 International Congress on the Authorized Economic Operator: AEO in Global Supply Chains is to support all actors interested in the AEO standard, the International Association of AEO’s member organisations and their company affiliates to engage with thought leaders on the AEO role in trade performance, e-commerce, security and integrity, and to promote the implementation of best practice.
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The International Association AEO took part at the 21 SAFE Working Group meeting at WCO, celebrated in Brussels between 16 and 18 April. The Association contributed a comment to the discussion on AEO 2.0 to highlight the need to advance on the implementation of existing SAFE requirements for AEOs in disaster preparedness, crisis management and incident recovery, in order to minimize the impact of a disaster incident. SAFE’s ANNEX IV L establishes a role for AEO, Customs and other governmental agencies to work together in addressing an increasingly prevalent risk for trade continuity and business continuity due to the impact of climate change. This element of SAFE requires that AEO and Customs develop advance planning, establish processes to operate in such extraordinary circumstances, and train and test for effective implementation in the case of a disaster event, in coordination with relevant authorities responsible for national plans on preparedness for Crisis Management and Incident Recovery.
In relation to this, it should be noted that the humanitarian actors responsible for international humanitarian aid, who face costly bottlenecks in lengthy import procedures, are looking with interest at the use of existing facilitation and simplifications in international trade, the AEO among them. In this context there may be an opportunity to collaborate with international humanitarian actors and to advance in the implementation of SAFE. For more information, please read the article What can AEO contribute to humanitarian logistics? HERE.
Under the theme “New Information and Communication Technologies (NICTs) and the future of International Trade”, the 1st International Customs Symposium, organized by the Association of Customs Agents of Manzanillo Colima (AAAPUMAC), Mexico, has gathered more than 250 participants to address the challenge of technological transformation in international trade and the opportunities for the customs and logistics community in Manzanillo and Mexico.
How should international trade actors prepare to succeed in a complex and rapidly evolving world like the current one? The conclusions of the President of AAAPUMAC, Mr. Humberto López, point out to the companies that achieve it: “They focus on how to create superior value for their clients, knowing them better and anticipating their needs. They go beyond the product or service, think about solutions, platforms, ecosystems and focus on the innovation of the business model”. “Today, the key to success is to be fast and adapt quickly to change, as well as to collaborate with others to offer unique and more relevant solutions for the client. Therefore, in this international meeting in Manzanillo we talk about NICTs, the future that is already present today “added the President of AAAPUMAC.
The International Associations of Authorized Economic Operators (AEO) was invited by AAAPUMAC to present on “AEO, Challenges and Opportunities of New Communication and Information Technologies”.
The customs and logistics community at Port Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico, is part of the International Associations of Authorized Economic Operators (AEO) with 12 member organisations
ASOCIACION DE AGENTES ADUANALES DEL PUERTO DE MANZANILLO-COLIMA –AAAPUMAC-
These are some of the main ideas defended by Humberto López during his speech at the closing ceremony of the First International Customs Symposium, in Manzanillo, Mexico.
The International Association AEO Customs and Logistics co-organised together with the H.M. Customs Department Gibraltar the event “Brexit – What will it mean for you?” including a workshop and a conference lead by Lars Karlsson, CEO & Managing Director, KGH Global Consulting. The event was held on 12 March 2019 at the University of Gibraltar Campus.
Brexit is the biggest Customs change in our lifetime and it will impact more than fifty different areas related to international trade and your business. UK Government has estimated that only 2-25% of companies involved in UK trade are prepared. Studies from EU shows even lower numbers.
Lars is one of the leading Customs and Border experts in the world and a leading expert on Brexit. His guidance helped the audience understand the potential impact on business, explore options and, last but not least, define and prioritize what actions to take. He answered questions on how to prepare for the best and worst scenarios and gave concrete advice on how to mitigate Brexit risks related to a range of areas, like e.g.; the value chain, commercial terms and conditions, increased costs, supply chains, logistics, competence and capacity.
More than 150 companies and international trade policy experts learned how Brexit will impact business and how they can prepare to mitigate the risks. Participants got concrete practical advise and a chance to ask questions about Brexit.
Lars Karlsson is advisor to both EU and UK Government on Customs, borders and trade matters related to Brexit. He also advises companies around the world whose business rely on cross-border trade to get deeper insight into global changes such as Brexit. KGH has Government clients in more than 50 countries and more than 14.000 private sector clients, from multinationals to SMEs. KGH has supported more than 100 companies in UK and Europe with Brexit preparations.
The program included:
10.00-12.00 – Customs workshop (by invitation only)
16.00-18.00 -Key Note “Brexit – What will it mean for you?” by Lars Karlsson, KGH Global Consulting
18.00-19.00 – Q&A from the Audience
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The International Association of Authorized Economic Operators (AEO) Customs and Logistics was invited to speak at the Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week (HNPW), in the framework of the Importation and Customs Clearance Together (IMPACCT) project lead by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The Association explained the concept of AEO / trusted trader, a supply chain actor accredited by Customs Authorities on the bases of its low-risk profile, demonstrated compliance, and proven competence in customs procedures, as well as the adoption of baseline security measures, which in return gets benefits from Customs such as customs facilitations and simplifications. Humanitarian aid meets bottlenecks in the cross-border management of relief consignments and the Association defended that export, import, transit, temporary importation and re-exportation of the goods in relief consignments through AEOs can be faster and less costly.
At OCHA’s request, the Association has worked towards articulating what AEO brings to humanitarian logistics. We have produced the flyer “AEO: What’s in it for humanitarian logistics” and an article which has been published at the Association’s Newsletter of March and you can read HERE to learn the valuable role AEO can play in relief supply chains.
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Promoting a regional vision in the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Programs of the countries in the America region has been the focus of the International Seminar “AEO in the Americas” held on November 27 in the city of Sao Paulo. The seminar was preceded, on the 26th, by the first working meeting for the Draft Regional Mutual Recognition Agreement (R-MRA), with the participation of Customs Directors from 9 countries. In parallel, and independently, the first meeting of the Regional Private Sector Group of the Americas (PSCG-R-Americas) was held.
The International Association of Authorized Economic Operators (AEO), Customs and Logistics, represented by its president Antonio Llobet, participated in the aforementioned meeting as a founding and permanent member of the PSCG-R-Americas and in the international seminar as moderator of the panel “The vision of Regional Associations on the question of a Regional AEO”.
The International Seminar “AEO in the Americas”, held in Sao Paulo on November 27, had more than 30 high-level presentations that debated the need for integration to strengthen security in international supply chains, the competitiveness of operators in the region and the facilitation of intraregional trade.
The advances of the AEO programs were presented in the respective countries of the region, from the perspective of both the public and private sectors; as well as the lessons learned from the first multilateral MRA signed in the region by the member countries of the Pacific Alliance. Speakers also elaborated on the importance of the mutual recognition of the AEOs as a key to integration and trade facilitation, challenges, opportunities, and necessary steps to advance towards a Regional AEO in the Americas.
The event, organized by the Brazilian Trade Institute, Procomex Alliance, brought together 500 businessmen and executives operating in international trade, associations and experts in foreign trade, government representatives and public bodies linked to international trade, as well as the academic community.
Workshops, both from the public sector and the private sector, preceded the celebration of the international seminar.
On November 26, the first working meeting for the AEO Regional Mutual Recognition Agreement Project took place. The directors of the Customs of Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Guatemala, Paraguay, Peru, the Dominican Republic and Uruguay participated in it. As a result, the “Declaration of Sao Paulo”, signed by the 9 Customs Directors of the Americas meeting in Brazil, was agreed upon. The Declaration formalizes the commitment and willingness to develop the relevant work to reach a Mutual Recognition Agreement of its AEO Programs. They also noted the shared will to promote initiatives towards the facilitation of trade and the security of States and citizens, through collaboration among their customs services.
In parallel, and independently, the first meeting of the Regional Private Sector Group of the Americas (PSCG-R-Americas) was held. The objective of the meeting was to discuss its role in the instruments and standards proposed by the WCO in the region. As a result, the representatives of the regional private sector participating in the meeting agreed on the formation of the aforementioned group, terms of reference, thematic priorities and leadership of the PSCG-R-Americas. The private sector representatives present agreed to contribute through this group their perspective and support in the development of a regional AEO.
At the close of the day, a joint meeting was held between the Customs Directors and the Regional Private Sector Group of the Americas.
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The International Association of Authorized Economic Operator (AEO), Customs & Logistics was invited by the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (COMCEC) to contribute its perspective at the 12th Meeting of the Trade Working Group on “Improving Authorized Economic Operators Programs in the OIC Member States”.
The Association made a presentation about the AEO as a standard for trade facilitation and supply chain security, which contributes to the competitiveness of companies in the international markets.
The key takeaways highlighted the following points:
Large firms are increasingly integrating AEO to their risk management systems. AEO is recognized as a useful tool in the management of risks related to supply chain security and productivity levels. Lead firms in GVC are increasingly including AEO certification (or the national equivalent security standard) as a requirement to supplier firms.
An indirect or collateral benefit from AEO certification is that the journey to become AEO helps companies (specially SMEs) increase and improve their management capacities and competences in the areas related to AEO requirements. These accredited capacities differentiates them as reliable and competitive operators in the market (a direct benefit).
This leads to inclusiveness of the different types of operators (importantly local customs brokers & logistic services providers) in AEO country programs being seen as an important policy issue, with implications for competitiveness and participation in trade, of goods and services.
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The International Association of Authorized Economic Operator (AEO), Customs & Logistics and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate on technical capacity building relevant to the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO). The purpose of this cooperation is to share knowledge and IT platforms to promote the integration by companies of processes concerning the AEO. The formal ceremony of the signing of the MoU took place during the closing of the XVI Customs Forum, held in Cádiz.
Antonio Llobet, recalled that the General Council of Customs Agents of Spain founded in 2016, together with COACAB, ASAPRA and ALACAT, the International Association of Authorized Economic Operators (AEO), Customs & Logistics, whose chairmanship falls on his person. He also stressed that the signing of this agreement precisely in this Customs Forum is “a sign of the General Council’s commitment to the AEO concept and the firm willingness to contribute to the maximum development and recognition of the standards held by AEOs”. Antonio Llobet highlighted that the agreement with UNCTAD is a milestone that recognizes the successful experience of the International Association of Authorized Economic Operators (AEO), Customs & Logistics to integrate the recognized private and official bodies of the customs and logistics sector of the different member countries.
Tiuna De Benito Fernández, Regional Director of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) for Latin America and the Caribbean, explained the role of UNCTAD as a coordination center within the United Nations for the integrated treatment of trade and development, and interrelated issues in the areas of finance, technology, investment and sustainable development; and noted that this agreement recognizes and provides technical capacity to the objectives of the International Association of Authorized Economic Operators (AEO), Customs & Logistics to promote the role of the AEO as a trade measure that contributes to economic growth, facilitation of trade and the efficiency of customs procedures, the implementation of modern technologies and the creation of favourable conditions for the business community.
The 2019 AEO International Congress, organised by the International Association of Authorized Economic Operators (AEO), Customs & Logistics, will take place in Barcelona on 26-28 June 2019 in the framework of SIL 2019, the main logistics event in the Mediterranean.
During 3 intensive days, SIL 2019 will host in parallel to the AEO International Congress, the World Free Zones Areas Congress and the Asociation of Latin American Cargo and Logistics Operators (ALACAT) Congress.
The 2019 AEO International Congress will address the theme of Authorized Economic Operators (AEO) in the Global Supply Chain: Agility, Security, Integrity.
The event was presented publicly by Antonio Llobet, the Association’s President, Laura Pujol, the Association’s Director, and Victor Ros, Institutional Relations Director at Consorci Zona Franca de Barcelona-SIL, during the XVI Foro Aduanero celebrated in Cádiz.
The XVI Customs Forum, organized by the General Council of Colleges of Customs Agents of Spain, took place between 4 and 7 October in Cádiz.
At the opening of the event, the president of the Spanish Council, Antonio Llobet, stressed the importance of the activity of customs agents and customs representatives. “It is so important that I would dare to say that trade without us could not have evolved at the rate it has done in recent years,” Llobet said. To exercise this profession “is a privilege, but also a great responsibility” and therefore, “we must be very demanding with the professionalism that is required and it is not easy to face this task,” concluded the president of the Spanish Council.
The inauguration of the XVI Customs Forum also counted with the participation of Pilar Jurado, director of the Customs Department of the Tax Agency of Spain, Manuel Rosell, president of the Official College of Customs Agents of Cádiz; Pedro Castro, president of the International Association of Professional Customs Agents (Asapra), and Nicolette van der Jagt, general director of the European Association for Forwarding, Transport, Logistics and Customs Services (CLECAT).
The International Association of Authorized Economic Operators (AEO) Customs and Logistics has presented the AEO as a good practice at the World Business Forum on Sustainable Development Goals. The event gathered more than 200 representatives of employers’ organisations and the private sector from around the world to discuss contributions businesses and the private sector can make towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda) and to decide on a unified approach as well as practical ways for the business sector to achieve its full potential in realising the SDGs.
The main purpose of the Forum is to support the International Organisation of Employers (IOE), its member organisations and their company affiliates in discussions about and implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The Forum aims to raise awareness on the SDGs and the importance of their implementation for the business sector but also to present an opportunity for the exchange of best practices and views on the role of employers’ organisations in this context. The discussion also covers the role and capacity of multinational enterprises as well as small and medium enterprises in the global context of the SDGs. Finally, the discussion was placed in the context of the wider UN Reform, the role of business representation in the UN system and how the IOE and its members can create maximum impact within this system.
At the opening of the Forum, jointly organized by the International Organization of Employers (OIE) and CEOE, the high commissioner of Spain for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Cristina Gallach, the CEO of ICEX Spain Export and Investment, María Peña Mateos, and the general secretary of CEOE, Ana Plaza, spoke to set the context. Ana Plaza stressed that “companies are called to play a crucial role in achieving the objectives of sustainable development. In this sense, she highlighted the management and mobilization capacity of the human, technical and financial resources of the companies, which make them indispensable actors to guarantee the sustainable development of our societies.
The CEO of ICEX Spain Export and Investment, María Peña Mateos, highlighted sustainability as an internationalization tool and highlighted that there is a great relationship between sustainability and economic performance of companies and talked about turning global challenges into business opportunities. In this regard, he considered it crucial to strengthen the role of the private sector in the achievement of the SDGs.
The high commissioner of Spain for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Cristina Gallach, said that for the Spanish government, the 2030 Agenda and the achievement of the 17 SDGs are a priority project for the country and “it is necessary to work together with the ministries, administrations and companies to spread the importance of the Agenda and carry it out “.
The International Association of Authorized Economic Operators (AEO) Customs and Logistics has presented the AEO as a good practice of trade facilitation and security in the international supply chain, which contributes to the competitiveness of companies in foreign trade and thus to increase exports, one of the goals of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Association has been part of a panel of companies, together with Telefónica, Shell and JTI.
The IOE is the largest network of the private sector in the world, with more than 150 business and employer organisation members. In social and labour policy debate taking place in the International Labour Organization, across the UN and multilateral system, and in the G20 and other emerging processes, the IOE is the recognised voice of business. Established in 1977, the CEOE, which is one of the most important members of the IOE, brings together, on a voluntary basis, two million companies and self-employed entrepreneurs from all activity sectors, which are linked to CEOE through more than 4,000 base associations.
The capital city of Ecuador, Guayaquil, hosted the ‘International Meeting of Logistics Operators’ on 3-4 September 2018.
Three hundred logistics operators from 21 countries in America and Europe gathered at this event. Under the motto “Enhancing the future of trade together”, key issues have been addressed, such as technological advances in the logistics chain and the new role of the authorized economic operator; strategic alliances between the public and private sectors; the future of Latin American ports and logistics 4.0, among other topics.
The panel on the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) took place with keynote addresses by José Antonio Vidales, Vice President of the International Association of Authorized Economic, Customs and Logistics Operators; Joe Henry Thompson Arguelles, Representative in the SICA Area of the International Association of Authorized Economic, Customs and Logistics Operators; Carlos Andretta, General Director of Customs of Ecuador; and Alvaro Pinedo, Secretary General of ASAPRA.
According to Ricardo Valero, president of the Ecuadorian Federation of Customs Agents (FEDA), the mission of the meeting has been to create a space to analyze, discuss and propose strategies for the future towards the logistics chain, with the aim of maximizing efficiency and minimizing costs.
During the meeting took place the signing of the Act of Intent for the formation of GOLEC. Among its first members are Cargo Agents, Customs Agents and Courier companies, with support from the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Ecuador, ASAPRA and ALACAT.
The capital city of Paraguay, Asunción, hosted the International Seminar of the Center of Customs Agents of Paraguay (CDAP) from 25th – 26th of July. Customs agents and logistics operators from Paraguay, leader from the Customs Authority of Paraguay, experts from Latin America and Spain gathered to discuss the key developments in Customs modernisation in Paraguay -including the AEO Programme-, the importance of cooperation between the public and private sectors, HS Clasification and cybersecurity.
The AEO International Association shared with Mr. Oscar Sandoval, AEO Program Leader at Customs of Paraguay the pannel “PARAGUAY AND ITS APPROACH TO THE AUTHORIZED ECONOMIC OPERATOR, AS A NEW TREND IN FOREIGN TRADE”. This session took place on July 26, coinciding with the day on which the OMA published version 2018 of the SAFE Standards Framework.
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.