In November, TIACA participated in the four newly formed subgroups under the WCO’s SAFE. The subgroups were formed following the recommendation of WCO Policy Commission.
On the topic of Authorized Economic Operator (AEO), in order to advance the development of the validation guidelines and training modules, following extensive discussions on the first draft document, it was agreed that the group would concentrate on the development of the Guide itself, before working on development of any Training Modules.
For Advanced Cargo Information (ACI), the group agreed to develop an implementation guidance to ensure harmonized and standardized implementation on ACI including the Pre Loading Cargo Information. The purpose of the Guidance will primarily be to assist Members which are considering or have already initiated steps to implement ACI. The Guidance will also include ways forward related to the implementation of a pre-loading advance cargo information system (PLACI), while clearly distinguishing it from the pre-arrival advance cargo information system.
The Advance Electronic Information group discussions specifically addressed the current situation of data elements used by Members for pre-arrival/pre-loading security declarations (i.e. Advance Electronic Cargo Information). The agreement was that a more concerted effort needed to be undertaken to better understand this situation, while recognizing the work so far accomplished by the Data Model Project Team (DMPT). This approach was considered necessary with a view to facilitating a potential review of the SAFE Data Elements, and to promoting a more harmonized approach in the implementation of such programs, in order to enhance supply chain security, without imposing an undue burden on the trading community.
On the Trader Identification Number (TIN) topic discussion in the AEO Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRA) context, it was noted that the topic was not limited to the identification number itself, but is also related to the operating principles for the exchange of AEO data, the validation of AEO status, related effective risk management and extended benefits.