Authorised Economic Operators Programme

Authorised Economic Operators Programme

Authorised Economic Operators Programme


The Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC) has inaugurated the online filing of Authorised Economic Operators Programme


The web application is designed to ensure continuous real-time and digital monitoring of physically filed AEO applications for timely intervention and expedience.


Authorised Economic Operators Programme

  • AEO is a programme (2007) under the aegis of the World Customs Organization (WCO) SAFE Framework of Standards to secure and facilitate global trade.
  •  It aims to enhance international supply chain security and facilitate the movement of goods.
  •  Under this, an entity engaged in international trade is approved by WCO as compliant with supply chain security standards and granted AEO status.
  •  An entity with an AEO status is considered a ‘secure’ trader and a reliable trading partner.
  •  Benefits of AEO status include expedited clearance times, fewer examinations, improved security and communication between supply chain partners.
  • AEO is a voluntary programme.

Indian AEO Programme:

  • The AEO Programme was introduced as a pilot project in 2011.
  • The security standards detailed in WCO SAFE Framework are the basis of the Indian AEO programme.
  • There is a three tier AEO Status for Exporters and Importers. The three tiers are AEO T1, AEO T2, AEO T3, where AEO T3 is the highest level of accreditation.

Aim of Indian AEO Programme:

  • To provide business entities with an internationally recognized certification.
  • To recognize business entities as “secure and reliable” trading partners.
  • To incentivize business entities through defined benefits that translate into savings in time and cost.
  • Secure supply chain from point of export to import.
  • Enhanced border clearance.
  • Reduction in dwell time and related costs.
  • Customs advice/assistance if trade faces unexpected issues with Customs of countries.


  • Safe and Compliant Business: Worldwide recognition as safe, secure and compliant business partners in international trade.
  • Reciprocal Recognition: India gets trade facilitation by a foreign country with whom India enters into a Mutual Recognition Agreement/Arrangement (MRA).
  • MRA is an international agreement by which two or more countries agree to recognize one another’s conformity assessment results (for example certifications or test results).
  • Streamline Cargo security: It enables Indian Customs to enhance and streamline cargo security through close cooperation with the principal stakeholders of the international supply chain viz. importers, exporters, logistics providers, custodians or terminal operators, custom brokers and warehouse operators.
  • Promote Ease of Doing Business: A liberalized, simplified and rationalized AEO accreditation process has potential to promote Ease of Doing Business and to emulate global best practices.
  • Facility of Direct Port Delivery of import Containers and/or Direct Port Entry of Export
  • It also fast tracking of refunds and adjudications.
  • The Indian AEO Programme is a game-changer. It will not only achieve ‘Make in India’ but also substantially add to the vision and lead India to become a manufacturing and exporting power-house.

Download Yojna IAS Daily Current Affairs of 9th July 2021

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