RIOgaleão Cargo – the cargo terminal at Rio de Janeiro’s Tom Jobim International Airport has became an Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) in the AEO Safety category after the certification was granted by Brazilian Federal Customs.
This means that the airport becomes the only airport in Brazil to be recognised as an AEO and it said it reinforces its importance as a “link in the logistics chain, where secure foreign trade operations can be carried out”.
In addition, RIOgaleão Cargo becomes a Brazilian Federal Customs’ strategic partner, which it said provides “greater predictability in the flow of the international market and consequent boost in investments in the Brazilian economy”.
To become an AEO, the cargo terminal started working on the Customs’ requirements and guidelines from 2016. Over the last months, the company intensified its work on the implementation of new controls and adaptations of processes and infrastructure to prepare for the validation audit, which occurred in October 2018.
RIOgaleão Cargo said in addition to being highly representative in safety levels, it also reinforced RIOgaleão Cargo’s commitment to compliance and operational integrity, pillars already implemented and improved since the company obtained CEIV Pharma and ISO 9001: 2015 certificates.
The categories of the certification are AEO Safety in which RIOgaleão fits, AEO Compliance and AEO Integration. According to Normative Rule 1598/2015 of Brazilian Federal Customs, safety criteria evaluated in AEO-S are: cargo safety; physical access control; training and threat awareness; physical security of facilities and management of trading partners.
Being granted the AEO certification means that the cargo terminal at Tom Jobim International Airport complied with more than 40 items in seven different areas related to the program evaluation process.
A company certified with the AEO Security has differentiated standards of compliance and must continually improve its customs controls through risk management.
RIOgaleão aerobusiness director, Patrick Fehring said: “A company certified with the AEO Security has differentiated standards of compliance and must continually improve its customs controls through risk management.
“For RIOgaleão, the achievement of this certification, besides contributing to the standardization of customs procedures, still made us a reference to the market as a safe operator. One example is the recognition for having best practices in detecting and preventing infringements.”
AEO certification is not mandatory in Brazil but is widespread globally. More than 160 companies are recognised by the AEO Brazilian program – RIOgaleão the only airport.
For RIOgaleão’s customers, one of the main benefits of operating in an AEO-certified environment is to achieve the linearity of their logistics processes, avoiding breaks in the security of their chain, which facilitates international trade in several aspects and ensures trust with other stakeholders.
The AEO Brazilian Program aims to place Brazil as a safe importing country. The same model is adopted in several countries – according to the 2017 edition of the Compendium of Authorized Economic Operator Programs of the World Customs Organization (WCO), there are 73 AEO Safety Programs implemented and 17 others under development.