Profiting from the Authorized Economic Operator Paradigm in the Era of Global Value Chains: A Conceptual and Legal Analysis

  • Edward Kafeero University of Dubai
Keywords: Authorized Economic Operator, Global Value Chains, Supply Chain Security, Trade Facilitation, Customs Compliance Management


This paper analyses the conceptual and legal development of the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) paradigm over the past three decades. Compliance management, supply chain security and trade facilitation are found to be the underlying objectives behind AEO programs. The paper examines the dynamics of global value chains (GVCs) and concludes that AEO programs are beneficial to GVCs. The Revised Kyoto Convention, The SAFE Framework of Standards and the Trade Facilitation Agreement are identified as the basic international legal (and regulatory) framework that guides AEO programs.

Key words: Authorized Economic Operator;  Global Value Chains;  Supply Chain Security; Trade Facilitation; Customs Compliance Management.


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