Warmly congratulate TK Mold (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd. successfully passed the customs examination and officially became an AEO.
AEO is the abbreviation of Authorized Economic Operator. AEO system refers to the institutional arrangement that provides qualified enterprises with customs clearance facilitation measures of their own countries and mutual recognition countries, shares law-abiding and security responsibilities, and guarantees the safety of supply chain and trade facilitation through developing cooperation between customs and enterprises. The background of AEO system mainly has two aspects: one is the global repositioning of security after the 911 event in the United States; the other is the planning and steady progress of credit system construction in China. AEO system finds a balance between security and facilitation, emphasizes the responsibility of enterprises to abide by law independently, and embodies the principle of “facilitation for honesty and law-abiding, and severe punishment for law-breaking and dishonesty”.
In 2014, the General Administration of Customs promulgated the Interim Measures of Customs of the People’s Republic of China for Enterprise Credit Management to replace the original Measures of Customs of the People’s Republic of China for Enterprise Rating Management, marking the official implementation of AEO certification system by China Customs. AEO in China are divided into ACE enterprises and GCE enterprises. Currently, there are 3,239 ACE enterprises in China, and 25,501 GCE enterprises in China, accounting for 1.94% of the registered enterprises in China. In a sense, AEO enterprises are the VIP of the customs and the golden signboard of foreign trade import and export enterprise, and they can enjoy benefits as being “the most convenient at customs, the most preferential in China, and the most recognized in the world”.
The most convenient at customs: GCE enterprises can enjoy prior goods customs clearance, low inspection rate, tax guarantee reduction, etc. provided by the customs, at the same time, on the basis of GCE enterprises, ACE enterprises enjoy enterprise coordinator mechanism in the customs; prior customs clearance after the resumption of trade interruption, tax guarantee exemption, audit and inspection frequency reduction and facilitation measures issued by the directly affiliated customs according to the actual situation of local import and export enterprises.
International recognition: China Customs has achieved AEO mutual recognition with 42 countries (regions) in 15 economies. Customs across the Taiwan Straits also implemented AEO mutual recognition pilot in October 2016. AEO ACE enterprises enjoy international mutual recognition, and can also enjoy relevant facilitation measures for goods clearance in the other country.
From preparing the establishment of TKM Customs AEO Project Team in July 2017 to successfully passing the examination by the customs, we have spent more than 700 days and nights together facing difficulties and trying to solve them. We went through the process of learning standards -- understanding standards -- explaining standards -- applying standards -- meeting standards, and it was not easy all the way. The success cannot be separated from the guidance and support of the senior management, the unremitting efforts and contributions of the project team members, the professional support of the consultant teachers, and the careful guidance of the customs experts. Obtaining AEO certificate is not the end of certification work, but the beginning of a new journey. We will work according to the requirements of a more compliant and safer system, constantly improve the standards according to local conditions, and continuously meet the requirements of AEO certification system.
More and more enterprises have realized the value of AEO certification, and many enterprises are eager to try to apply.
From a macro point of view, the cultivation of AEO certification in recent years has achieved very good results. It is a good phenomenon that enterprises are pursuing the joint incentive policy of the General Administration of Customs and even various government departments of the country for AEO enterprises.