A. General Information

1. Title

Regional Customs Cooperation in Latin America

2. Status of the project
3. Implementation period of the project/service:
5. Geographical coverage
Regional: Latin America
Participating countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay
6. Participating agencies/entities of the project/service:
a. Development stage
Lead agencies/entities
The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation
Other participating agencies/entities
b. Operational stage
Lead agencies/entities (op)
The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation
Other participating agencies/entities (op)
7. Main stakeholders/beneficiaries of the project
Traders (big enterprises)
Traders (SMEs)
Customs brokers
Other Government Agencies (OGAs)
8. Business process category of the project
Regulatory/official control

B. Lessons Learned

9. Summary description of the project/service
a. Objective(s)

The project supports the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Regional Recognition Arrangement (RRA) negotiations and joint site validations that are essential for the signing of the regional arrangement.

b. Business need for the project (background)

Eleven Latin American and Caribbean countries have endorsed an Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Regional Recognition Arrangement (RRA). The arrangement between Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay has the potential to boost intra-regional trade by making it simpler, faster and more cost-effective for AEO companies to trade across the region.

c. Business process covered*

Mutual Authorized Economic Operator recognition

d. Overall architecture and functionalities*

The project brought in the voice of business to ensure that the agreement delivers real benefits for traders and governments. Additionally, it surveyed AEO companies to gather their experiences of AEO programs, ideas for improvements and views on best practices. Finally, the Alliance is supporting the design and development of an IT platform for the participating countries to efficiently manage and exchange AEO data.

e. Relevant document/figure
10. Documents and data exchanged via the project

Authorized Economic Operator data.

11. Data models/databases, proprietary solutions, hybrid approaches
12. Main challenges faced during the project
13. Lessons learned from the project
14. Main benefit(s) of the project
Enhanced regulatory compliance*
Transaction Cost savings*
Simplified process
Increased trade flow
14A. Elaborations/detailed description on benefits gained

The agreement means that AEO companies are able to trade throughout the region with fewer physical and documentary inspections of their goods, faster border clearance times, and ultimately reduced costs. Meanwhile customs agencies are be able to increase their administrative efficiency by allocating their human and technical resources to high-risk shipments. Underpinning all these benefits will be a trusted and constructive working relationship between the government and business.

15. Technical/financial/capacity building/other assistance
16. Future plan for expansion of the project
17. Other information or relevant references on the project
18. Relevant document regarding the project

C. Relevant Standards

20. Electronic message standard
20A. Electronic message standard supporting the project
20B. Type of standard for electronic message applied for the project
21. Technical communication standard
21A. Technical communication standard supporting the project
21B. Type of technical communication standard applied for the project
22. Security-related standards*
22A. Security-related standard supporting the project
22B. Type of security-related standard applied for the project
23. Other Technical Information
23A. Interface developed for data exchange with an internal system
23B. Other technical implementation information