Ludhiana, January 12, 2018: Customs Commissionerate, Ludhiana organized Authorized Economic Operator(AEO) Workshop/Camp on Friday, 12th January 2018 at Emerald Banquet Hall, Hotel Red Mango, GT Road, Sahnewal, Ludhiana from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm. Around with 100 importer/exporter or their authorized representatives across the State of Punjab. The present workshop was conducted by Sh. S.K. Sinha, Commissioner (Air-Cargo Exports), Delhi Customs (former AEO Programme Manager) along with his team of officers.
Shri A.S. Ranga, Commissioner of Customs, Ludhiana stated that Indian Government is committed to trade facilitation and is a signatory to WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). In line with the Government’s resolve to usher in ease of doing business, the CBEC has launched a revamped Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Programme. This programme was mooted by the WCO and Article 7 of the FTA also specifically mentions about AEO scheme as a trade facilitation programme. While the programme is essentially designed to secure supply chain security in trading across borders, the Indian AEO programme provides enhanced facilitation in clearance of cargo leading to reduction in dwell time, besides a plethora of other benefits. This programme has attracted large number of stakeholders and more than 450 entities have already been certified.
Commissionerate of Customs, Ludhiana, endeavors to ensure hassle-free transactions with Customs in all areas of work and to facilitate early release of Cargo. In its continued effort to reach out to all stakeholders and to make available the benefits of the programme, the workshop /camp was organized. In the workshop/camp, all information, clarification as well as filing of AEO application was provided to the stakeholders by well conversant officers including the Client Relationship Manager (CRM) who remained available for guidance/hand holding of the exporters and importers and Logistics Operators who wish to join the programme. An in-house session for training of departmental officer was also conducted to apprise them about their role and modalities under the programme.
The session was well attended by more than 100 prominent industrialists from the region.