Review of accredited operator schemes: An Australian study

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Abstract

Governments throughout the world have for many years been developing and implementing initiatives that are designed to secure international supply chains from terrorist and other threats while facilitating legitimate trade. A number of these initiatives involve the accreditation of members of the international trading community that meet security and other regulatory requirements.
This article summarises a research study that was commissioned by the Australian international trade and transport industry. The research study reviews the various types of ‘Accredited Operator’ (AO) schemes that are currently in use or being implemented and identifies options for their application in Australia. In doing so, it has sought the views of industry and has focused on ways to maximise the relevance of such schemes, minimise compliance costs and ensure against the possible erosion of Australian industry’s competitive position in the global marketplace.
The study identifies a potential disadvantage to Australian exporters of not having access to a scheme that meets the requirements of the SAFE Framework of Standards to Secure and Facilitate Global Trade (the SAFE Framework). It proposes the introduction of such a scheme with supply chain security as its principal focus, and an import scheme having trade compliance as its principal focus. It argues that participants in the export scheme would also need to demonstrate appropriate levels of trade compliance, and importers should similarly be required to meet minimum security requirements.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-34
Number of pages18
JournalWorld Customs Journal
Volume8
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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