GACC Announcement No.40, 2017 on China-Swiss AEO Mutual Recognition

[2017-09-05 15:01:24]

In January 2017, China and Switzerland signed their Agreement on mutual recognition of Authorized Economic Operators (AEO) registered with respective Customs, which will enter into force on 1 September 2017. Relevant matters are hereby announced:

1. In accordance with this Agreement, Swiss Customs shall recognize China Customs-rated high-grade enterprises as Chinese AEO enterprises and China Customs shall recognize Swiss Customs-rated AEOs as Swiss AEO enterprises.

2. Both Customs shall reciprocally grant customs facilitations to the AEOs from the other side, including: (1) reduction of inspection or control rate; (2) favorable assessment over an AEO’s business partners; (3) preference for an AEO’s goods; (4) assignment of customs coordinator to an AEO; (5) priority in clearance for an AEO after trade emergencies or resumptions.

3. When a Chinese AEO exports goods to Switzerland, it shall inform Swiss importer of its code (CN + 10-digit enterprise code registered with China Customs) for the Swiss importer declaration to Swiss Customs; after confirming the Chinese AEO identity, Swiss Customs shall give clearance facilitations as above-mentioned.

When a Chinese enterprise imports goods from a Swiss AEO, the enterprise shall fill its Import Declaration with the Swiss AEO code, i.e. filling the “Remark” column with “AEO” + “<” + “Swiss AEO code (CHE + 8-digit code + 1 identifier)” + “>”, for example “AEO<CHE12345678P>”; after confirming the Swiss AEO identity, China Customs shall give clearance facilitations as above-mentioned.

General Administration of Customs of China (GACC)
August 31, 2017
Source: ETCN
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