Aug. 29, 2017
The import rules for agrochemical products will be simplified for companies that are under the model of Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) by the end of the year. The procedure, which has already been applied to the shipping of meat, was negotiated between the Ministry of Agriculture and the representatives of seven agrochemicals companies.
AEO, defined by the WCO SAFE Framework of Standards, is a certification granted by the Customs to importers, exporters, agents, ports, airports, terminals, maritime companies and other participants in the chain to classify a company as “safe and trustful.” It is a status that guarantees the goods are suitable and not violated or damaged.
“Companies that have the AEO certification have to adhere to minimum standards of safety established within the programs of each country. Such companies are proved trustworthy and predictable through their movements, so the Customs need not monitor them frequently,” explained the Pro-Modernization Logistical Alliance for Foreign Trade.
The Economic Operator of Agrochemicals (or inputs) will continue to be monitored by the International Agricultural Surveillance System. The agreement was made between the Secretary of Agricultural Protection of the Ministry of Agriculture, Luis Rangel, the business entities, the National Union of the Industry of Vegetable Defense Products and the Alliance.
Called AEO-Agro inputs, the program seeks to increase the effectiveness of enforcement, while reducing costs. The certified companies will experience more celerity in the transit of goods, lower port costs and speedy customs clearance.
According to Rangel, the AEO-Agro inputs, “besides resulting in a competitive advantage, will allow prioritization of the enforcement resources in the ports.”
Between input importers, he observed, the rate of occurrences of problems is less than 0.5%. “Currently they still inspect all the goods physically,” he added.