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    AEO T3 Certificate

    Apply for AEO T3 Certificate with us and get highest level of priority and highest facilitation

      6000 +
      Business served
      Customer Ratings
      100 %
      Authorized Economic Operator

      What is AEO T3 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 T3 is the highest tier of the AEO Certificate which is only available for importers and exporters. AEO T3 Certificate awards an importer/exporter with even more benefits higher facilitation and priority treatment as compared to AEO T2 certificate.

      What are the benefits of obtaining AEO T3 certificate?

      Highest Facilitation

      AEO T3 certified companies are given highest priority treatment and fastest clearance of their goods even more than AEO T2 certified companies. This leads to even more reduced waiting times and lower costs associated with customs procedures.

      100% BG WAIVER

      Companies holding AEO T3 certificate will not be required to submit any bank guarantee. However, it is to be noted that bank guarantee may be asked to be submitted in cases of provisional release of seized goods.

      All Benefits of AEO T2

      Companies having AEO T3 certificate are eligible for all the benefits of AEO T2 certified companies plus additional benefits as mentioned above. 

      To know more about AEO T2 benefits, click here.

      Very rare scanning of containers

      A company holding AEO T3 certificate will have the facility that its containers will not be selected for scanning except on the basis of specific intelligence. topmost priority would be given for scanning, just in case its containers are selected for scanning

      Refund/Rebate within 30 days

      The refund/rebate relating to indirect taxes of an AEO T2 certified company will be granted within a period of 30 days.

      Examination on Self Certified Documents

      Companies having AEO T3 Certificate will be allowed examination/assessment by customs officer based on self certified copy of documents and there will not be any need of submitting original documents

      Only One OSPCA in three years

      The AEO T3 certfied companies will not be subjected to regular transactional Post-Clearance Audits (PCA). On-site PCA will be conducted only once in three years.

      Who are eligible for AEO T3 Certificate?

      For being eligible to apply for AEO T3, a company should have enjoyed the status of AEO T2 atleast for a period of 2 years precedingb the date of application. To know the eligibility for applying for AEO T2, click here.

      Companies applying for AEO T3 Certificate should be a part of an international supply chain

      AEO T3 can be given to a whole legal entity of an organisation and not separately to subsidiaries of a group company

      One of the other eligibility criteria is that a company applying for AEO T3 certificate should only work with business partners who are AEO Certified

      How will we help you obtain AEO T3 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 T3 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 T3 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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