It is almost 15 years since the SAFE Framework of Standards was published by the World Customs Organization (WCO), and the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Programme has become the centre of Customs-to-Business partnerships to enhance the security and facilitation of global supply chains.
The rapid increase in the number of AEO programmes and Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs), together with the creation of regional/plurilateral MRAs, demonstrates that AEO programmes have been experiencing positive progression in their recognition internationally.
The global challenges for international trade are dictated by time, infrastructure and resources. The AEO Programme's objectives, although clear, demand futuristic visioning to best meet the challenges of the near future and beyond. Shaping tomorrow’s future today requires an agile and scalable approach to the AEO model.
To provide a platform for the various stakeholders to meet and consolidate their engagement in shaping the future of the AEO Programme, the WCO, with the Federal Customs Authority of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Dubai Customs, as co-host, is organizing the 5th WCO Global AEO Conference in Dubai, UAE, with support from Korea Customs Service.
The Conference will provide participants with an opportunity to exchange innovative ideas and visions, examine potential improvement opportunities, explore the baseline standards and possible steps required to ensure that this flagship Customs-Business Partnership Programme better supports the sustainability and security of international supply chains.
The extensive Conference programme will facilitate discussions on various sub-themes to explore new initiatives and forward-thinking models on the development, implementation and enhancement of AEO programmes and MRAs, harmonize the benefits for AEOs, standardize validation mechanisms and achieve greater involvement by Other Government Agencies, thus taking the AEO programme to the next level.
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