On 9th August, the WCO issued a news release advising availability of the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Compendium, offering a concise and structured overview of existing AEO programmes around the world and of Mutual Recognition Arrangements/Agreements (MRA) signed between countries. The publication provides a brief summary of each AEO programme, comprising information on accreditation criteria, procedures and expected benefits, as well as associated MRA. AEO programmes and MRA that are in the pipeline are also listed in the Compendium. Since the publication of the 2018 edition, a further 6 AEO programmes have come to light, bringing the total to 83 programmes. The number of MRA is also growing, with 74 bilateral and 4 plurilateral/regional MRA compared to 57 in the 2018 edition.
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