Customs: Authorized Economic Operator in El Salvador

An announcement has been made of the launch of a pilot scheme for certifying companies as AEO in order to expedite processes at customs offices.

Monday, October 6, 2014

From a statement issued by the Ministry of Finance of El Salvador:

The Ministry of Finance through the Directorate General of Customs, has presented the progress made in AEO in El Salvador, which incorporates best practices customs offices from around the world.

The event was held in coordination with the Commision for Trade Facilitation in El Salvador, CIFACIL as part of the 10th Industrial Fair 2014 in the Central Hall of the Center for Fairs and Conventions (CIFCO).

The lecture was given by Mr. Javier Claros, Unit Coordinator of the AEO in El Salvador and was attended by representatives of companies, public institutions and trade of the country.

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From Wikipedia:

"The AEO certificate, issued by customs authorities in the EU and many other countries using the same or a similar name, is a trusted certificate which Customs offices give to traders who meet certain requirements which demonstrate to the customs offices their reliability regarding customs processes, solvency and safety. It is granted to operators involved in the chain of international trade, whether natural or legal persons, provided that the professional activity of these operators is subject to customs regulations, such as importers, exporters, manufacturers, representatives at customs offices, bearers, carriers , terminal operators, shippers etc.

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