Program to streamline meat exports

08 de junho de 2016

São Paulo – Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply and the Federal Revenue are working on a program to streamline meat exports. The goal is to agree on criteria to be adopted by operators or businesses in order to achieve faster clearance of export products and processes, ranging from manufacturing to product clearance at ports.

This Wednesday (8), Ministry and Revenue officials met with private sector players to discuss the subject. The interim general coordinator of the Ministry’s International Agriculture and Livestock Surveillance System (Sistema de Vigilância Agropecuária Internacional - Vigiagro), Marcos de Sá, notes that businesses need to pay for the time goods are kept at ports or custom checkpoints, and that minimizing or eliminating delays could cut costs and enable more competitive prices on international markets.

The Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) project of the World Customs Organization is active in 63 countries. In Brazil, it is under the aegis of the Federal Revenue. The program is a result of the Bali Package, a trade agreement signed in 2013 through the World Trade Organization (WTO). Its signatories, including Brazil, pledged to roll out trade facilitation measures in order to cut the costs of international operations.

The project now being implemented by the Ministry and the Federal Revenue is one stage of the process, and should go online only by the beginning of next year, according to Sá. The Ministry and Federal Revenue are working in tandem on the unification and reciprocation of their processes and benefits.

The AEO will be implemented for the meat industry before other areas. The requirements for operators to become AEOs and enjoy the benefits that will make exportation processes faster are currently under discussion, as are the actual measures for speedier processing. Enterprises are being selected to join a pilot program this year.

According to Sá, the requirements will concern the observance of laws, that is, the more an operator complies, the faster the export clearance process. The coordinator believes this will make more operators willing to enter the OEA and to work on their compliance, besides resulting in a reduction in the amount of inspection work. The goal is to build trust through a track record of compliance, according to Sá.

The Federal Revenue has already set AEO customs criteria, and it is now discussing the specific agribusiness criteria with the Ministry. It has already worked in two other stages of the project that were focused on cargo safety and compliance with customs laws on imports of goods to Brazil.

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum and Sérgio Kakitani