The NZ Customs and General Administration of China Customs (GACC) Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA), which was signed in March, comes into effect on Saturday 1 July 2017.
This means both Customs agencies recognise each other’s Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) exporter programmes that are set at global customs standards to streamline and facilitate trading between nations. Our programme is the Secure Exports Scheme (SES).
Through this MRA, exporters in both countries that belong to a respective AEO programme get special treatment at both borders. While this recognition is for accredited exporters, local importers that buy goods from AEO exporters automatically gain advantages at their border.
Traders that are either an AEO operator (exporter) or AEO client (importer) can expect:
- Expedited clearance – with less document checks and likely container inspections for Customs’ risks such as smuggling
- Prioritised examination – if a container inspection is required, this will be prioritised.
- Dedicated points of contact – allowing direct communication through respective customs agencies to address any queries or issues.
- Prioritised recovery – in the unlikely case of trade disruption, AEO exporters / their clients will receive expedited and prioritised clearance.
Customs officials attended a joint China-NZ MRA conference in Shanghai this week to raise industry awareness of the respective AEO programmes and the expected benefits of this MRA. A similar event will be held in New Zealand later this year – look out for details.