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AEO LO Certificate

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    AEO Lo Certificate

    Apply for AEO LO Certificate with us and get identified as a low risk, compliant and secure logistics operators globally

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      Authorized Economic Operator

      What is AEO LO Certificate?

      The World Customs Organization (WCO) initiated the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) program as part of the SAFE framework to ensure and expedite global trade. The program's objective is to strengthen security in the international supply chain while also promoting the movement of legal goods. Government of India has introduced this program to improve Ease of Doing Business in they country. The AEO program provides importers and exporters with a three-tier certification system (AEO T1, AEO T2, and AEO T3) and a single-tier certification system (AEO-LO) for logistics operators.
      AEO LO certification is specifically designed for logistics operators, including Logistics Providers, Warehouse Operators, Terminal Operators and Customs Brokers involved in the movement of goods across borders. As an Authorized Economic Operator (AEO), logistics operators with the AEO LO status are recognized by customs authorities as low-risk, compliant, and secure partners in the international supply chain.


      Faster approval for new warehouses within 7 days of submission of complete documents
      Waiver of antecedent verification envisaged for grant of license for warehouse under circular 26/2016
      Waiver of solvency certificate requirement under circular 24/2016
      Waiver of security for obtaining extension in warehousing period under circular 21/2016
      Waiver of security required for warehousing of sensitive goods under circular 21/2016
      Waiver of bank Guarantee under Handling of cargo in Customs Area Regulations 2009.
      Extension of approval for custodians under regulation 10(2) of the 'Handling of cargo in Customs Area Regulation 2009 'for period of 10 years.
      Waiver of Bank Guarantee to be furnished under regulation 8 of the CBLR, 2013
      Extended validity (till validity of AEO status) of licenses granted under regulation 9 of the CBLR 2013. System Manager to incorporate date of validity of AEO from time to time in the System Directory
      Waiver from fee for renewal of license under sub regulation (2) of regulation 11 of CBLR,2013
      Waiver of bank Guarantee in case of trans-shipment of goods under Goods imported (Condition of Trans-shipment) Regulations, 1995
      Facility of Execution of running bond
      Exemption from permission on case to case basis in case of transit of goods. In case of international transshipped cargo (Foreign to Foreign), for the pre-sorted containers wherein Cargo does not require segregation, ramp to ramp or tail to tail transfer of cargo can be effected without Customs escorts

      Who are eligible for AEO LO Certificate?

      Companies who have handled at least 25 documents (Shipping Bills & Bills of Entry) in last Financial Year are eligible to apply for AEO LO Certificate

      Companies applying for AEO LO Certificate should be a part of an international supply chain

      AEO LO can be given to a whole legal entity of an organisation and not separately to subsidiaries of a group company

      Only companies that are established in India are eligible to apply for AEO LO Certificate

      Companies that have had business operation for 3 years are eligible to apply for AEO LO certificate. (This condition can be waived off for deserving cases)

      How will we help you obtain AEO T2 Certificate?

      right knowledge

      We help you by giving you the right knowledge about the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) benefits and obligation attached with it

      Documentation and Certification

      We help in completing the procedural requirement and documentation that includes forms, declarations, certificates and submitting them before the concerned authorities

      Robust follow up routine
      We follow up with the concerned authoritiesdraft replies to all the queries / deficiencies raised to get the AEO Certificate in time with a minimal delay
      Attending Physical Inspection
      AEO T2 certificate is issued to an importer/exporter only after physical verification of all the premises by the AEO Programme Manager Team. We provide support at this stage with our presence helping you to provide accurate evidences against the scrutiny.
      post certification support
      We help you in post certification support compliance by keeping a track of export/import performance drafting replies to queries issued by the concerned authorities and tracking expiry/renewal
      Frequently Asked Questions

      All you need to know before applying for AEO LO Certificate:

      An AEO is a business engaged in international movement of goods that must comply with national Customs law and WCO SAFE security standards. Approval by the national administration is required based on compliance with these standards. The Indian AEO program is based on WCO SAFE security standards.

      The AEO program aims to identify safe and compliant businesses and provide them with facilitated customs clearance. This helps Customs focus on regulating risky businesses and secures the international supply chain by promoting best practices. The program is a collaboration between Customs and businesses, where businesses share responsibility for securing the supply chain and receive benefits in return. It encourages best practices and mutual cooperation to minimize risks and improve supply chain security, benefiting both Customs and businesses by enhancing security, reducing costs and facilitating trade.

      The AEO Scheme of the WCO was developed in response to the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, which highlighted the potential risk of the supply chain being exploited for illegal activities. Governments around the world recognized the need to enhance supply chain security and ensure the safe movement of goods across borders.

      The AEO Program began in India as a pilot project in 2011 through Circular No. 37/2011-Customs. Later, it was revised and the final version was introduced through Circular No. 28/2012 on November 16, 2012.

      No, AEO status is optional and depends on the business’s position in the supply chain and desire to obtain its benefits.

      The Indian AEO program has three tiers for importers and exporters: AEO-T1, AEO-T2, and AEO-T3, with increasing benefits and compliance requirements. Logistics providers, custodians, terminal operators, customs brokers, and warehouse operators have a single-tier program called AEO-LO certification.

      AEO-T1 and AEO-T2 are valid for three years, while AEO-T3 and AEO-LO are valid for five years.

      Yes, AEO certificate is valid at all Customs stations in India, which means AEO status holders will receive its benefits at all ports, airports, and land Customs stations.

      Yes, all AEO Status holders including AEO T1, AEO T2, and AEO T3 are entitled for DPD / DPE facility.

      No, the amount of Bank Guarantee is not automatically reduced to 50%, 25%, and Nil for T1, T2, and T3. CBIC Circular No. 38/2016 dated August 22, 2016, specifies the situations where the reduction applies, and it does not apply when a competent authority orders the submission of a bank guarantee for the provisional release of seized goods.

      AEO T2 and AEO T3 status holders are eligible for deferred payment of duty scheme. As a part of this scheme, status holders can delink duty payment from Customs clearance. It is based on the principle ‘Clear First-Pay later’. Basically AEO T2 and AEO T3 status holders can delay the payment of customs duty by certain period of time.

      To access deferred payment of duty, eligible importers must inform their intention to the Principal Commissioner of Customs or the Commissioner of Customs and register on the ICEGATE website at, following Rule 4 of the Deferred Payment of Import Duty Rules, 2016.

      Yes, facilitation benefits will be available in countries with which India has signed Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRA). India’s Customs has signed MRAs with South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong Customs, allowing reciprocal trade benefits.

      Mutual Recognition Agreement is a bilateral trade agreement between two countries.

      No, the AEO LO status is only valid and applicable to the applicant, not their importers or exporters. Importers and exporters must apply separately for AEO status.

      The following Chief Commissioner of Customs offices are currently designated for processing AEO applications:

      • Mumbai Zone-I
      • Mumbai Zone-II
      • Mumbai Zone-III
      • Delhi
      • Vishakhapatnam
      • Patna
      • Bhubaneswar
      • Chennai
      • Ahmedabad
      • Hyderabad
      • Kolkata
      • Pune
      • Tiruchirappalli
      • Nagpur
      • Bangalore
      • Bhopal

      AEO Applications has to be submitted online and physically at the respective customs jurisdiction offices.

      Yes, they can reapply if the reasons for rejection are no longer valid and they meet the eligibility criteria.

      An existing AEO certificate holder can apply for higher AEO
      status. There is no time limit for filing higher status application except in case of AEO-T3.

      No, there is no provision to grant a seperate AEO status to a specific branch, site or division of a legal entity

      In general, an applicant for Indian AEO status must have business activities for at least three financial years before the date of application. However, in some exceptional cases where the AEO Programme Manager conducts a physical verification of a newly established business entity’s internal controls, they may consider it for certification.

      Yes, MSMEs can apply for AEO all tiers including AEO T1, AEO T2, AEO T3 and AEO LO.

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