TCP - the company that manages the Paranaguá Container Terminal, has been, since the beginning of December, an OAS (Authorized Economic Operator) terminal certified by the IRS. This means that the Terminal is a low-risk, reliable operator and thus able to make available the benefits offered by Customs to importers and exporters, related to greater agility and predictability in international trade flows.
According to the IRS, the Authorized Economic Operator is the intervener in a foreign trade operation that carries out international cargo movement and voluntarily meets security criteria applied to the logistics chain or tax and customs obligations. By 2017, there were 73 countries participating in the OAS Security program and another 17 under development.
Anderson Prehs TCP's regulatory, stakeholders and security manager explains that the certification was a long-term project and involved the entire company. “Our process for OAS certification began in September 2018, with the support of a specialized process review consultancy. The certification application was made in February 2019, followed by audit of documents, procedures and all physical facilities and security by the RFB OAS Team, resulting in TCP's certification earlier this month, ”he explains.
To make certification possible, the Terminal spontaneously met all program requirements, revisiting all documentation, processes and physical structures and surveillance. “TCP's organizational culture had to be adequate to meet all the necessary requirements. The creation of a Risk Management activity for terminal-related activities was the main point for acquiring certification, as TCP began to analyze all activities and structured a monitoring routine, as port operations are dynamic and require that the terminal have a risk management culture as a premise for maintaining OAS certification, ”he emphasizes.
According to the executive, obtaining certification demonstrates that TCP is a company that spontaneously meets the high levels of compliance and reliability required by the program. “It also contributes to making our customers' operations more agile and predictable - very important requirements in international trade. Thus, importers, exporters and other players can count on a port operator recognized for the safety of its operations, ”he says.
Prehs also points out that OAS certification should increase TCP's business, mainly with China. “Last October, Brazil and China signed a customs reciprocity agreement that will directly benefit companies certified by OAS programs in both countries. As China is one of Brazil's main trading partners and the Terminal controlled by China Merchants Ports, we believe that cargo movement between these countries should increase, ”he concludes.
According to the IRS, the Mutual Recognition Agreement aims to recognize OAS certifications issued by Customs in both countries; priority handling of cargo and reduction of costs associated with storage; reciprocal commitment to the provision of comparable benefits; predictability of transactions and improving the competitiveness of OAS companies in international trade.
(*) With information from TCP
By The Comex Team Of Brazil