ICF 2021 discussed development of the Institute of Authorized Economic Operators

A panel session “Prospects for the development of the AEO institute: mutual recognition and improvement of the simplification system” was held within the framework of the International Customs Forum on October 21-22 in Moscow.

Ruslan Davydov, First Deputy Head of the FCS of Russia, Alexander Bogatyrev, President of the Association of Professional Authorized Economic Operators, Bulent Orhan Türel, Head of Department of the Main Administration of International Treaties and EU Affairs of the Ministry of Trade of Turkey, and others engaged in the discussion about middle-term and long-term prospects of the institution development, tendencies and issues.

The Federal Customs Service is actively working to increase the attractiveness of the institution of authorized economic operators (AEOs). Ruslan Davydov emphasized that today more than 11 thousand declarants are in the low-risk category, and 164 organizations are registered as AEOs. The strategy for the development of the customs service until 2030 provides for signing agreements on the mutual recognition of AEOs with a number of foreign countries.

“Today, only declarations of low-risk companies can go through the automatic clearance system. Auto clearance occurs within 5 minutes and is extremely attractive for business. However, it is possible that next year the criterion of low-risk companies will not dominate. Each consignment will be evaluated more, while the criterion of a low level of risk of companies will become an additional serious factor, but not a predetermining one. Therefore, we expect that the AEO status will become more attractive for those who have not yet received it,” Ruslan Davydov said.

Maxim Vasilevsky, Vice President for Corporate Relations of Mars LLC, spoke about the development of the AEO institution in terms of business and on changes after receiving this status. “For us, the opportunity to work within the framework of AEOs is not only an advantage, but also a part of the development strategy and the key to success and competitiveness in international markets. We see significant progress in what has been done recently by the customs and laid down in the Strategy for the development of customs authorities until 2030,” he shared.

Sergey Vladimirov, Director of the Department of Customs Legislation and Law Enforcement Practice of the EEC, spoke about the ways of developing the system of operators, additional opportunities for AEOs, as well as Russian programs and initiatives implemented on an international scale. “The strategic goal for us is to increase the share of goods transported by the AEO, and the number of operators themselves, primarily exporters. The EEC, together with the Federal Customs Service of Russia and business representatives, have laid a solid legal framework for the development of the AEO institution and the achievement of competitive indicators,” he said.