CBIC extends the validity of AEO Certification for ease of renewal process under Customs

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As per the reference is drawn to Para 5.1 Circular No. 33/2016-Customs dated 22.07.2016 amended vide Para viii of circular 03/2018-Customs dated 17.01.2018, which relates to “Validity of AEO Certificate” and reads as —

“The validity of AEO certificate shall be three years for AEO-T1 and AEO-T2, and five years for AEO-T3 and AEO-LO”

Further, various representations have been received by the field formations regarding the difficulties being faced by the AEO entities in renewing their existing certifications owing to the national lockdown. References for the extension have also been received from few entities as well.


CBIC vide Circular No. 31/2020 – Customs dated June 30, 2020, has decided to extend the validity of all the AEO certificates expired/expiring between March 01, 2020 and September 30, 2020, to September 30, 2020, except for those entities against which a negative report is received during this period. Accordingly, Circular No. 27/2020 dated 02.062020 stands modified as above.

The Circular can be accessed at: https://www.cbic.gov.in/resources/htdocs-cbec/customs/cs-circulars/cs-circulars-2020/Circular-No-31-2020.pdf