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Brazilian Customs Offers Three Levels of AEO Status

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

In December 2014 Brazil published in its Official Gazette Normative Instruction RFB 1521/2014 concerning the authorized economic operator (OEA) program. This program is based on the World Customs Organization’s Framework of Standards to Secure and Facilitate Global Trade, which sets guidelines for implementing supply chain security programs while facilitating international trade. It also largely resembles the European Union’s Authorized Economic Operator program, which requires participants to meet certain criteria to be certified as a “reliable partner” in international trade.  

Brazil’s OEA program incorporates three certifications: OEA-Security (OEA-S), OEA-Compliance (OEA-C), and Full OEA (OEA-P). The primary differences between these three certifications are the requirements that the economic operators must comply with and the benefits that will be provided. To date only five companies (those that participated in the pilot program)have been certified in OEA: Embraer, CNH, 3M Brazil, DHL and Airports of Brazil.

Brazil Customs expects more companies to become OEA-S certified in 2015 for several reasons. There is growing demand by customers of Brazilian exporters for assurances of safety in the international supply chain. In addition, Customs feels that all three OEA certifications can serve as a quality label for economic operators in Brazil. Benefits will also likely be further expanded as Brazil concludes arrangements on mutual recognition between OEA and the supply chain security programs of its trading partners. The WCO reports that 16 other authorized economic operator-type programs have been implemented worldwide, including by the United States and the European Union.

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