Circular No. ES/334/2020-21 1st July, 2020
To : Members of the Council
Sub: Extension of validity of AEO certification for ease of renewal process (Modification in Circular No. 27/2020 dated 02.06.2020)
This is to inform you that CBIC has issued Circular No. 31/2020- Customs dated 30th June, 2020 by extending the validity of AEO certification for ease of renewal process by modifying Circular No. 27/2020 dated 02.06.2020.
In this connection, CBIC has invited your attention to Para 5.1 of Board Circular No.33/2016-Customs dated 22nd July, 2016 which was later 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"
Now, CBIC has received representations from the field formations regarding 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 a few individuals as well.
Accordingly, the Board has decided to –
Extend the validity of all the AEO certificates expired/expiring between 1st March, 2020 and 30th September, 2020 to 30th September, 2020
Except for those individuals against which a negative report is received during this period.
Accordingly, Circular No. 27/2020 dated 2nd June, 2020 stands modified as above.
Members may please make a note of the above.