The qualification AEO is an international customs control initiative, whose essential pillars are agile, transparent, and secure trade. Being at the international forefront challenges the multiple actors of trade to modify or implement tools and controls within the companies, allowing them to have a global guarantee of safety and greater reliability throughout their supply chain.
What is AEO and what is it for?
The Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) is a global accreditation granted by the World Customs Organization (WCO) whose main objective is to ensure agile, transparent, and secure trade. In Colombia it is granted by the DIAN and the companies that obtain it are classified as safe and reliable trade operators throughout their international supply chain.
Being AEO allows businessmen to have several benefits in their foreign trade operations, among them, to comply with high security standards, which allows them to speed up trade procedures before the control authorities of several countries and is a good way to increase the confidence of their customers.
What are the requirements to become an AEO and what are the benefits?
The first thing to mention is that not having this security standard may create barriers to other agents that are accredited, so companies should make efforts to access certifications such as these, which provide international recognition.
In that order of ideas, the right time to be accredited as AEO is when an organization determines that it complies with all the security requirements established by the DIAN and has a satisfactory track record in terms of customs and tax obligations. Once it has that certainty, it may voluntarily present itself to the DIAN to apply for accreditation.
In addition to the DIAN, the National Police Anti-Narcotics Directorate, the National Institute for Medicine and Food Surveillance INVIMA and the Colombian Agricultural Institute ICA, among other authorities, participate in the accreditation process.
At Capiro, we are very proud of achieving the work being done by our company in favor of the agile, transparent, and secure trade.