The Director General of Benin Customs, Mr. Charles Inoussa Sacca Boco has stressed the importance of the AEO concept for the modernisation of Benin Customs and assured high-level management support for the project.
Mr. Charles Inoussa Sacca Boco stated this at a recent workshop on AEO programme conducted by the World Customs Organisation in the country aimed at enhancing Benin Customs’ technical capability to enhance and effectively implement an AEO programme.
According to him, ”Benin is in the process of planning the implementation of an AEO programme. To this end, an AEO Committee has been established for developing a national AEO programme in line with the SAFE Framework of Standards and related implementation tools and guidelines.
”Currently, Benin Customs is actively preparing for the implementation of the programme. It has also created an AEO working group consisting of all stakeholders in the international supply chain and defined a timeline for implementing a pilot phase by outlining different actions to be undertaken.
”Benin is strongly committed to pursuing the planned objectives and associated activities. A pilot programme will be implemented soon. It is expected that a full operational AEO programme will be in place in a two-year time. The WCO will continue providing all the necessary assistance that may be required going forward.”
A WCO expert together with Benin Customs officers analysed various steps envisaged to achieve the objective of implementing an efficient and effective AEO programme. Detailed information on the overall AEO authorisation process, in particular the phases relating to the application management as well as the authorisation management was presented and discussed in the context of the current national situation.
Participants developed a deep understanding of the WCO SAFE Package including the AEO implementation Guidance and associated tools. The steps planned by the Benin AEO Committee were analysed, and several suggestions for potential improvements were elaborated by the WCO expert and participants.