8 Jan 2016
Brazil Expands Authorised Economic Operator Programme to Add Compliance
Brazilian Customs is expanding its Authorised Economic Operator programme to cover compliance as well as security and giving operators the ability to obtain OEA certification in either or both modalities. Depending on the type of operator and certification granted, OEA programme benefits may include reduced lead times and facilitated procedures for imports, exports and other special customs regimes.
The OEA programme is a partnership between the private sector and Customs that is open to operators that have a proven high level of compliance with customs and tax rules and/or have taken steps to secure their international supply chains. Importers and exporters, customs warehouses, port and airport operators, shipping companies, freight forwarders, and customs agents are all eligible to participate.
The programme was rolled out last December with a single certification, OEA-Security (OEA-S), that a number of operators have since obtained. After conducting a pilot programme for OEA-Compliance (OEA-C), Brazilian Customs is now allowing all operators to seek this certification (which has two levels that vary in requirements and benefits) as well and recently published instructions for interested parties to apply.
With both OEA-S and OEA-C now available, operators can also obtain Full OEA (OEA-P, a combination of OEA-S and OEA-C) and Integrated OEA (OEA-I), which will incorporate other government agencies involved in the import/export process. Brazilian Customs recently issued its first OEA-C and OEA-P certifications for operators that participated in the OEA-C pilot programme.