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Brazil Expands Authorized Economic Operator Program to Add Compliance

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Brazilian Customs is expanding its Authorized Economic Operator (OEA) program to cover compliance as well as security and giving operators the ability to obtain OEA certification in either or both modalities. Depending on the type of operator and certification granted, OEA program benefits may include reduced lead times and facilitated procedures for imports, exports and other special customs regimes. STTAS do Brasil can assist those interested in participating in this program.   The OEA program is a partnership between the private sector and Customs that is open to operators that have a proven high level of compliance with customs and tax rules and/or have taken steps to secure their international supply chains. Importers and exporters, customs warehouses, port and airport operators, shipping companies, freight forwarders, and customs agents are all eligible to participate.

The program was rolled out last December with a single certification, OEA-Security (OEA-S), that a number of operators have since obtained. After conducting a pilot program for OEA-Compliance (OEA-C), Brazilian Customs is now allowing all operators to seek this certification (which has two levels that vary in requirements and benefits) as well and recently published instructions for interested parties to apply.

With both OEA-S and OEA-C now available, operators can also obtain Full OEA (OEA-P, a combination of OEA-S and OEA-C) and Integrated OEA (OEA-I), which will incorporate other government agencies involved in the import/export process. Brazilian Customs recently issued its first OEA-C and OEA-P certifications for operators that participated in the OEA-C pilot program. Among these was General Motors do Brasil, a client of STTAS since 2005 that worked closely with STTAS in its OEA-C audit and certification process to demonstrate the high level of compliance of company operations.

STTAS is a global leader in customs compliance services, including international supply chain security, and has more than 900 professionals around the world.  In Brazil, STTAS can support applications for OEA status by:

- conducting a pre-audit for OEA qualification; - assisting in the implementation of procedures to comply with OEA requirements; - for OEA-S, conducting physical inspections of plants and storage areas; - for OEA-C, issuing an audit report; and - standardizing processes for multinational companies aiming to benefit from future mutual recognition agreements between OEA and other supply chain security programs.

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