The Visit of the Delegation of Korea Customs Service to the Ministry of Customs and Trade

The Authorized Economic Operator Programme, laying the groundwork for decreasing the bureaucracy in freights, eliminating the financial burdens caused by the delay in international consignments, maintaining the security of international supply chain, obtaining a predictable foreign trade environment, awarding the trustable firms, enabling the customs inspections to focus on high risk goods and enabling the private sector to be in a more competitive position, has been in practise in our country since 10th of January 2013.

In this regard, the export pillar of the Programme has been put into practise initially and the import pillar has been come into force in 21st of May 2014. The Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) status has been granted to 194 firms providing the necessary conditions.

As it is well known, MRA (Mutual Recognition Arrangement/Agreement on the Authorized Economic Operator Programme) is the legal basis laying the groundwork for the firms based in respective countries to benefit from the AEO Programme.

The first MRA was signed on the 9th of June, 2014 with the Republic of Korea. This arrangement will come into effect as from the completion of a pilot implementation period.

In this context, the delegation of Korea Custom Service paid a visit to the Ministry of Customs and Trade in order to confer the technical issues regarding the pilot implementatiton for mutual recognition of AEOs respectively on November 29-30. According to the program, Ankara Logistics Base and an AEO Company have been also visited.