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Providing identifiers of American and Japanese consignors in entry summary declarations and summary declarations
21 January 2013
The mutual recognition of companies certified as reliable by the EU and the U.S. customs authorities – that is, AEOs in the EU and CTPAT operators in the United States – is moving forward. Since July 2012, AEOs have been allowed to register in the system of U.S. Customs in order to gain favourable treatment when their goods are imported into the United States. Correspondingly, as of 31 January 2013, the EU will begin to identify American CTPAT operators in the safety and security declarations submitted for arriving goods. There has also been an agreement between the EU and Japan on mutual recognition of AEOs.
So far, only EORI numbers have been accepted as identification in Finland’s AREX system in the consignor details of entry summary declarations and summary declarations that are submitted into the system, if such a number has been issued to the consignor. As of 31 January 2013, the identifiers of American or Japanese consignors can instead be provided using an AEO MR number, which is issued by the EU and based on mutual AEO recognition. The AEO MR is similar in form to the EORI number.
This change will not affect the way the EORI numbers of other operators than consignors are provided.
Further details about mutual recognition and related practical procedures will be published on the Finnish Customs website (www.tulli.fi/en) in February.
Further information is available via e-mail from turvatiedot(at)tulli.fi.