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BOC Attends 6th Global Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Conference in China

May 17, 2024

The Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) actively participated in the 6th Global Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Conference held from May 8 to 10, 2024, in Shenzhen, China. This year’s conference, themed “Harnessing the Power of AEO Programmes for Inclusive and Sustainable Global Trade,” brought together Customs administrations and stakeholders from around the world.

The Philippine delegation, led by Commissioner Bienvenido Y. Rubio, included the Supervising Head of the Philippine Interim AEO Office, Atty. Vener S. Baquiran, Deputy Commissioner of the Assessment and Operations Group; Member of the Mutual Recognition Arrangement Unit, Atty. Yasmin O. Mapa, District Collector of the Port of NAIA; Atty. Wally Ann D. Yumul, and Ms. Denise A. Asantor, members of the Post-Validation Unit.

The BOC was invited to speak at the conference and presented “AEO Programmes in a Post-Pandemic World: Adapting to Change, Building Resilience, and Expanding Opportunities.” This presentation highlighted the Bureau’s efforts to overcome challenges, seize opportunities, and align current policies with global standards. The BOC emphasized the importance of strengthening partnerships and standardizing practices, particularly between Customs administrations and micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises.

Over the three-day event, key topics such as data analytics and emerging technologies for better risk management and trade facilitation, the role of the AEO Programme in e-commerce and cross-border trade in the digital age, expanding AEO programmes to Free Zones, and empowering women through the AEO Programme were discussed. These sessions provided a platform for delegates from other Customs administrations to engage in meaningful dialogues.

WCO Secretary General Ian Saunders underscored the value of AEOs, highlighting the synergy between Customs authorities and the private sector, which enhances collaboration and trade efficiency. He noted that AEOs transcend operational benefits, aspiring to broader, impactful pursuits.

Under Commissioner Rubio’s leadership, the BOC is committed to meeting international standards and achieving world-class customs administration. ###

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