Extension of validity of AEO certification expired/ expiring between 01.03.2020 and 31.05.2020 to 30.06.2020

Extension of validity of AEO certification expired/expiring between 01.03.2020 and 31.05.2020 to 30.06.2020 for ease of renewal process

Circular No. 27/2020- Customs

F.No. D-20/DIC/AE0/16/2017
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs
Directorate of International Customs

New Delhi, June 2, 2020

All Pr. Chief Commissioner/ Chief Commissioner of Customs/Central Tax,
All Principal Director Generals/Director Generals of Directorate General
All Pr. Commissioner/ Commissioner of Customs/ Central Tax,
All Pr. ADG/ ADG of Directorates.


Subject:- Extension of validity of AEO certification for ease of renewal process- reg.

1. Reference is drawn to Para 5.1 Circular No. 33/2016-Customs dated 22.07.2016 amended vide Para viii of Circular 03/2018-Customs dated 17.01.2018, which relates to “Validity of AEO Certificate”  and reads as-

“The validity of AEO certificate shall be three years for  AEO- T1 and AEO- T2, and five years for AEO-T3 and AEO-LO”

2. Representations have been received by the field formations regarding the difficulties being faced by the AEO entities in renewing their existing certifications owing to the national lockdown.

3. Accordingly, the Board has decided to extend the validity of all the AEO certificates expired/expiring between 01.03.2020 and 31.05.2020 to 30.06.2020. except for those entities against which a negative report is received during this period.

4. Wide publicity may be given to this Circular by way of issuance of Trade/Public Notice. Difficulties, if any, in the implementation of this Circular may be brought to the notice of this office.

Yours faithfully

[Mamsh Kumar]
Joint Commissioner (DIC)

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Authorised Economic Operator Programme (AEO) is a programme under the aegis of the World Customs Organization (WCO) SAFE Framework of Standards to secure and facilitate Global Trade. The programme aims to enhance international supply chain security and facilitate movement of legitimate goods.

AEO is a voluntary programme. It enables Indian Customs to enhance and streamline cargo security through close cooperation with the principle stakeholders of the international supply chain viz. importers, exporters, logistics providers, custodians or terminal operators, custom brokers and warehouse operators. The Circular 33/2016 – Customs dated 22.07.2016 provides the statutory framework for the AEO programme.

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