The CBIC vide Circular No. 10/2021-Customs dated May 25, 2021 extended the validity of all AEO certificates expired/expiring between April 01, 2021 and May 31, 2021 till June 30, 2021 except for the cases where the entity has been found ineligible for continuation under the AEO Programe. This step has been taken considering the difficulties being faced by AEO entities in renewing existing certification due to COVID pandemic.
Reference is drawn to Para 5.1 Circular No. 33/2016-Customs dated 22-07-2016 amended vide Para viii of Circular No. 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-T-1 and AEO-T-2, and five years for AEO-T-3 and AEO-LO“.
Representations have been received by the field formations regarding the difficulties being faced by the AEO entities in renewing their existing certification owing to various degrees of restrictions/lockdown in different parts of the country due to COVID pandemic.
Accordingly, the Board has decided to extend the validity of all the AEO Certificates expired/expiring between April 01, 2021 and May 31, 2021 to June 30, 2021, except for the cases where the entity has been found ineligible for continuation under the AEO Programme.
The Circular can be accessed at: https://www.cbic.gov.in/resources//htdocs-cbec/circ10-2020_240521.pdf
The Corrigendum dated May 27, 2021 can be accessed at: https://www.cbic.gov.in/resources//htdocs-cbec/customs/cs-circulars/cs-circulars-2021/Circular-No-11-2021.pdf