News List

Compiled features on recent developments in regional cooperation and integration in the SASEC region.

June 2019

Commentary: Improving Facilitation through the Use of Electronic Seals

Replacing mechanical seals with electronic sealing devices has enabled Indian Customs to reduce the risk of fraud and security threats while extending higher levels of facilitation to traders. The electronic seals have allowed India to improve its ranking in World Bank’s Doing Business Report 2019, particularly in the category "trading across borders."

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Tags: ADB, Authorized Economic Operators, Bangladesh, Customs, Electronic Cargo Tracking System, India, Nepal, Regional Cooperation, WCO

May 2019

Three Pharmaceutical Companies in Bangladesh Become Authorized Economic Operators

The status of Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) was granted by the National Board of Revenue (NBR) of the Government of Bangladesh to three pharmaceutical companies—Square, Beximco, and Incepta Pharmaceuticals. An accreditation ceremony was held on 5 May 2019, jointly organized by the NBR and USAID Bangladesh under the Bangladesh Trade Facilitation Activity project

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Tags: Authorized Economic Operators

June 2018

Ludhiana Customs Conducts AEO Camp

The Customs Commissionerate of Ludhiana held an Authorized Economic Operators’ (AEO) camp at the Customs House Sanhewal. Mr. AS Ranga, Customs Commissioner, reiterated the Government of India's commitment to implementation of the World Trade Organization's Trade Facilitation Agreement. He discussed important features of the AEO scheme and details to remember in filing AEO applications. Representatives from different industries, and importers and exporters attended the event.

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Tags: Customs, India, WTO, Trade Facilitation Agreement, Authorized Economic Operators

January 2018

Ludhiana, India, Organizes Authorized Economic Operator Workshop

Customs Cummisionerate, Ludhiana, India, organized an Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Workshop in Sanhewal on 12 January 2018. Around 100 importers, exporters, and logistics officers from Punjab attended the workshop conducted by Delhi Customs.

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Tags: Customs, Ease of Doing Business, India, Trade Facilitation Agreement, WTO, Authorized Economic Operators

December 2017

Myanmar Launches Authorized Economic Operators Program

Myanmar Customs Department met with import and export companies, freight forwarders, and government departments to raise public awareness for its Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) program, initiated in line with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Trade in Goods Agreement, the World Trade Organization Trade Facilitation Agreement, and World Customs Organization international standards.

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Tags: ASEAN, Customs, Myanmar, Trade Facilitation Agreement, WCO, WTO, Authorized Economic Operators

November 2017

Bangladesh NBR to Implement the AEO Program by December

Bangladesh's National Board of Revenue (NBR) will pilot the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Program by December to fast-track the country's trade processes while maintaining trade security. AEO companies should invest in supply chain security, and comply with Customs requirements, for which benefits will include faster release of goods from ports.

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Tags: Authorized Economic Operators

March 2017

Commentary: Boosting Trade Facilitation in Services

A fast-rising information technology-enabled services (ITES) is opening global opportunities for the millions of Indian college graduates that enter the workforce every year. In this article, Mr. Pritam Banergee, Senior Director for Corporate Public Policy (South Asia), Deutsche Post DHL, discusses the need for India’s government and businesses to focus on trade policy reform that ensure markets remain open for the ITES sector.

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Tags: ICT, India, Employment, Jobs, Services, South Asia, Tariffs, Technology, Trade Facilitation, Trade Facilitation Agreement, Trade Policy, WTO, Authorized Economic Operators