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AEO falls short of expectations, says ESC

[ July 30, 2014   //   ]

The European Shippers’ Council (ESC) complained that there was integrated vision for AEOs (Authorised Economic Operators) at either the European Union or national customs administrations, in its ‘AEO manifesto’ to the European Commission presented on 30 July. The manifesto gives an indication of how, five years after the introduction of the AEO programme, of how it is regarded by shippers and what their experiences are in practice.

The aim of the ESC is to create a discussion among politicians, policy-makers and government services such as customs to develop a revised view of AEO.

ESC said that while monitoring under AEO is supposed to be a joint effort by customs and shippers, it found that declaration processes are still aimed more at individual transactions instead of a system based approach. “As a result, businesses are seriously wondering whether they should keep making efforts to retain the AEO certificate,” warned ESC.

If work is not urgently carried out on the structural introduction of system controls instead of inspections at a consignment level, the AEO system is not working as it should be, says ESC.



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