The Authorized Economic Operator (OEA) is a program that aims to strengthen the security of the foreign trade logistics chain through the implementation of minimum security standards internationally recognized, in coordination with the private sector.
Some of the benefits for OEA certified companies are:
- Rectifications of pedimentos of their import operations in the first 3 months, without need for authorization
- Import and export operations will have expedited crossings at the border
- Customs flexibility, and in some cases fines are waved.
- Virtual transfers to companies that do not have and IMMEX program.
- When the authority detects surplus or undeclared merchandise in definitive imports and exports, there will be a period of 10 days from the notification of the corresponding procedure, to process the definitive import or export petition
- Customs clearance of merchandise susceptible to individual identification without the need to indicate in the “pedimento” additional data such as brand, model, atc. As long as an updated registry is carried out in the inventory control system.
Do you know the recently added benefits?
- In the event that a cancellation cause is updated of the Import Register and / or Importer Register of Specific Sectors and / or Sector Exporter Register, the registration in the Scheme will not be canceled immediately
- The company is not obliged to submit the Manifestation of Value in regards to temporary import operations carried out under the IMMEX Program
- Goods imported temporary under the IMMEX program can stay in the national territory for up to 36 months. Regarding virtual operations, the term may be up to 18 months.
- Consolidation of cargo of goods, covered by several pedimentos in a same vehicle
- Processing weekly or monthly of consolidated pedimentos.
- Application of the procedure established in article 152 of the customs law instead of article 151
There are 11 minimum standards each company must meet in order to qualify for the OEA Certification:
- Planning for security in the supply chain
- Physical security
- Access controls
- Business Partners
- Safety process
- Customs management
- Security for Cargo vehicles, containers, trailers and semitrailers
- Personnel Security
- Information Security
- Safety Training
- Management and incident investigation
OEA is a voluntary program, nevertheless OEA certified companies are considered safe, trustworthy by the authorities and better business partners and with higher investments in supply chain security by other companies.
The requirements for the OEA certification will vary according to the different modalities which are:
What are the requirements?
- To be a company incorporated according to the Mexican law.
- Be up to date with your tax and customs obligations, as well as authorize SAT to make public the positive opinion.
- Have employees registered in the IMSS or through the subcontracting of employees, as well as being up to date with the obligation to hold and notify the Income Tax on workers
- Not to be in the list of companies non- compliant or with nonexistent operations, published by the SAT.
- Have valid digital signature certificates to issue digital tax receipts
- Have registered before SAT all establishments in which economic activities or foreign trade are carried out.
- Have an electronic email for the purposes of the Tax Mailbox
- Not be suspended in the Importers Registry, in the Importers Registry of Specific Sectors or in the Sectorial Exporters Registry.
- Allow AGACE personnel access to your facilities all the times, to carry out the initial inspection or supervision visit.
- Having clients and suppliers abroad directly or indirectly linked to the customs regime
- In case of having national suppliers, a file must be presented with the name and RFC of the input suppliers acquired in the national territory of the last 6 months, also considering the companies with the IMMEX Program with which are making the virtual transfers.
- Have the legal use of the property or properties where the production processes or the provision of services are made.
- The SAT must not have filed a criminal complaint or complaint against the partners or shareholders, legal representative or members of the administration, or in its case, declaration of damage, during the last 3 years prior to the presentation of the request.
- Have an updated and automated inventory control.
- Keep the accounting in electronic media and enter it monthly through the SAT Portal.
- The partners or shareholders, legal representative with ownership rights and those who carry out the paperwork to the SAT and members of the administration must be up to date in the fulfillment of their fiscal obligations.
- The partners, shareholders or members of the administration must not be related to any company whose registration in the Company Certification Scheme has been canceled.
- To have made foreign trade operations during the last two years prior to your request.
- Comply with the payment of rights.
- Make the designation of transport companies authorized to make the transfer of foreign trade goods.
- Prove compliance with the minimum security standards for each one of the facilities where you carry out foreign trade operations.