HKETO Newsroom

June 29, 2018

Hong Kong Customs signs Authorized Economic Operator Mutual Recognition Arrangement with New Zealand and Action Plan with Canada

The Commissioner of Customs and Excise, Mr Hermes Tang, signed a Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) with the Acting Comptroller of the New Zealand Customs Service, Ms Christine Stevenson, in Brussels, Belgium, yesterday (June 28, Brussels time) during the 132nd Council Session of the World Customs Organization.

Under the MRA, the Hong Kong Authorized Economic Operator (HKAEO) Programme and the New Zealand Secure Exports Scheme are mutually recognised, by which Authorized Economic Operators (AEOs) of both economies enjoy mutual customs clearance benefits, including reduced examination and prioritised clearance.

This is the ninth MRA that the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department (C&ED) has concluded with other Customs administrations after those with the Mainland, India, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Japan and Australia. Apart from demonstrating the two Customs administrations' efforts in strengthening international cargo security, the signing of the MRA with New Zealand also enables accredited Hong Kong traders to better explore the market there by leveraging their edge of certified status under the Belt and Road Initiative.

MRA negotiation is now extending to North America. During the same Council Session today (June 29, Brussels time), the Assistant Commissioner of Customs and Excise (Excise and Strategic Support), Mr Jimmy Tam, signed an MRA Action Plan with the Vice President of the Canada Border Services Agency, Mr Martin Bolduc, to mark the commencement of formal negotiation for mutual recognition of the HKAEO Programme and the Partners in Protection programme in Canada.

Participation in the HKAEO Programme is free, open and voluntary. Any company engaging in business principally related to the international supply chain is welcome to apply for AEO status. Since the formal launch of the HKAEO Programme in April 2012, the C&ED has accredited 47 companies as AEOs, including multinational companies and small and medium-sized local enterprises.

June 29, 2018

香港海關分別與新西蘭及加拿大海關簽訂「認可經濟營運商」互認安排及行動計劃

香港海關關長鄧以海昨日(布魯塞爾時間六月二十八日)出席於比利時布魯塞爾舉行的世界海關組織第132屆議會會議,並與新西蘭署理海關關長Christine Stevenson簽訂互認安排。

在互認安排下,「香港認可經濟營運商計劃」和新西蘭安全出口計劃獲得相互確認,雙方的「認可經濟營運商」均可享有由香港海關及新西蘭海關提供的相互通關便利,包括減少查驗或優先清關等。

這次和新西蘭簽訂的互認安排,是香港海關繼與內地、印度、韓國、新加坡、泰國、馬來西亞、日本和澳洲後,第九份與其他海關當局簽訂的互認安排。新西蘭作為「一帶一路」地區的經濟體,簽訂這份互認安排,不僅體現了兩地海關在加強國際貨物安全方面的努力,亦有助獲認證企業享有互認安排所賦予的優勢,在「一帶一路」倡議下,更有效地開拓當地的市場。

此外,香港海關的互認安排已擴展至北美洲。香港海關助理關長(稅務及策略支援)譚溢強今日(布魯塞爾時間六月二十九日)於會議上與加拿大邊境服務局副局長Martin Bolduc簽訂互認安排行動計劃,正式啟動兩地就「香港認可經濟營運商計劃」及加拿大伙伴安全計劃互認安排的商討進程。

「香港認可經濟營運商計劃」屬公開及自願參與性質,任何主要從事與國際供應鏈有關業務的公司均可申請參與,費用全免。該計劃自二○一二年四月推行以來,已有四十七家公司獲香港海關認證為「認可經濟營運商」,當中包括跨國公司和本地中小型企業。