JAFA pushes AEO system

The Japan Air Cargo Forwarders Association (JAFA) said that earlier this year, the Japanese Government announced its intention to introduce an Authorised Economic Operator, or AEO, system for customs clearance procedures. The AEO system is the key element of CSP, the European Union (EU) Customs Security Programme, which is the equivalent of the American CBP […]


The Japan Air Cargo Forwarders Association (JAFA) said that earlier this year, the Japanese Government announced its intention to introduce an Authorised Economic Operator, or AEO, system for customs clearance procedures.

The AEO system is the key element of CSP, the European Union (EU) Customs Security Programme, which is the equivalent of the American CBP Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) programme aimed at promoting global supply-chain security. Under the AEO system, “reliable traders,” established in the EU, may voluntarily apply for AEO status. Just as CTPAT, AEO is a voluntary programme, which allows companies to receive trade facilitation, or “green lane” benefits, for their imports into the EU.

According to JAFA, it is intended to implement a fully-fl edged AEO system in Japan by the year 2010. This will coincide with the completion of a substantial expansion of the New-Tokyo International Airport of Narita and the Tokyo International Airport at Haneda.

Meanwhile, all World Customs Organisation member nations have committed themselves to adopting some version of an AEO system at some point in the future.

JAFA pointed out that talks have started between the US and ASEAN with an aim to build a harmonised AEO system in the Asian-Pacific region.