EU: Customs reciprocal benefits with China, effective November 2015

EU: Customs reciprocal benefits with China

The European Commission today provided updated information concerning a “mutual recognition decision” between the European Union and China with respect to authorised economic operators (AEOs) in the EU and holders of the Chinese advanced certified enterprise (ACE) certificate in China.

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Under this agreement, AEOs in the EU will receive reciprocal benefits related to security controls and customs clearance, effective 3 November 2015, as a direct result of a mutual recognition of respective AEO programs in the EU and China. 

  • Holders of EU AEO authorisations with the safety and security component (AEOS or AEOC/AEOS) are expected to benefit from reduced security and safety related controls, and priority treatment at customs clearance in China.
  • Holders of the Chinese advanced certified enterprise (ACE) certificate similarly will benefit from reciprocal benefits in the EU, including fewer controls and priority at customs clearance.

The EC today provided an updated list [PDF 88 KB] of “frequently asked questions” (FAQs) that address items under the mutual recognition decision between the EU and China. 

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