AEO Registration

AEO Certification

AEO Certification Procedure in INDIA – Complete Guidelines -2020


Customs organizations all over the world are tasked with the twin challenges of securing the borders from unlawful trade and at the same time facilitating the legitimate trade.

AEO program seeks to provide tangible benefits in the form of (Provide link for benefits of AEO in brief)Faster Customs clearances, Faster trade facilitation, Shorter Cargo Release Time, Reduction in bank guarantee, The facility of 24/7 clearance at all seaports/airports on request.and simplified Customs procedures to those business entities who offer a high degree of security guarantees in respect of their role in the supply chain. The SAFE Framework sets forth the criteria by which businesses in the supply chain can obtain authorized status as a secure partner. Such criteria address issues such as threat assessment, a security plan adapted to the assessed threats, procedural measures to prevent illegitimate goods entering the supply chain, physical security of buildings and premises used as loading or warehousing sites, and security of cargo, means of transport, personnel and information system.

AEO Registration and Certification Process

Three tier AEO programme for importers and exporters (AEO-T1, AEO-T2, and AEO-T3

Single Tier AEO Program for Logistics Providers, Custodians or Terminal Operators, Customs Brokers Freight Forwarders and Warehouse Operators.  (AEO LO)

It is important to note here that the process for AEO T1 application has now gone online. The process of the AEO T2, AEO T3 and AEO-LO registration is still offline.

ForAEO T1Type in in your browser and click on “Registration”. Fill out the details to create an account.

Who can apply for AEO certificate..? Anyone involved in the international supply chain that undertakes Customs related activity in India can apply for AEO status irrespective of size of the business.

  • These may include exporters, importers, logistic providers
  • (e.g. carriers, airlines, freight forwarders, etc.),
  • Custodians or Terminal Operators, Customs House Agents and Warehouse Owners.
  • Others who may qualify include port operators, authorized couriers, stevedores. The list is not exhaustive.
  • The applicant should have business activities for at least three financial years preceding the date of application
  • Importers/Exporters whose threshold of import or export declarations is 25 documents i.e. either Bills of Entry or Shipping Bills during the last financial year. The other economic operators should have handled at least 25 documents i.e. Bills of Entry or Shipping bills during the last financial year.

AEO T1 Certification

Documents required:

  • Annexure 1 and Annexure 2.
  • Copy of Pan Card.
  • Process map of the Import/Export Activity.
  • Copy of IEC Certificate.
  • All other documents required to support the information filled in the Application form.

If the provided information/documents are found to be valid and considered to be eligible by the AEO Programme Manager, then the AEO T1 Certificate would be issued to the applicant within 30 days of the submission of the information and/or documents.

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