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Brazil Modifies Authorised Economic Operator Programme, Improves Single Window Capabilities

The Brazilian Federal Revenue Service (Receita Federal) has adopted a number of changes to Brazil’s authorised economic operator programme. With these changes, the government is seeking to simplify and improve the certification of AEO participants. Brazilian authorities have said that any modifications to the programme would adhere to the parameters of the World Customs Organisation’s SAFE Framework of Standards to Secure and Facilitate Global Trade.

The changes include, among others, (i) various adjustments to the programme’s eligibility, security and conformity criteria, including the elimination of redundant and otherwise unnecessary requirements; (ii) the creation of a new annex with objectives and requirements that clarify the mandatory requirements for each programme criteria; (iii) the adoption of the ISO 31000 risk management model; (iv) the implementation of a faster certification process; and (v) the decentralisation of certification and monitoring activities through the creation of AEO management teams at seven regional centres.

Meanwhile, effective 26 January all export operations carried out through Brazil’s electronic single window for trade operations may take advantage of the suspensive duty drawback regime. The newly-added functionality covers export operations where the exporter is not the direct beneficiary of the drawback mechanism. The main beneficiaries of this functionality are expected to be suppliers of exporting companies in the automotive, chemical, and machinery and equipment sectors.

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