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9106 Outline and Benefit of Authorized Customs Brokers' Program (FAQ)


  1. Summary of the Program

    The Authorized Customs Broker's Program (AEO Customs Broker Program) is a program for customs agents possessing optimally developed cargo security control and compliance systems. The program enables application of exemption measures in customs procedures, possibly reducing the lead time in export/import cargo clearance.

  2. Advantages of the Program

    Approval as an authorized customs broker provides the following exemption measures.

    (1) With the possibility of customs declaration after cargo pickup in the import customs procedures for cargo commissioned from an importer (Exempted Commissioned Import Declaration System), import cargo handling is made smoother and speedier, dramatically increasing broker convenience.
    (2) In export customs procedures for cargo under commission from an exporter, export declaration can be made at a location other than a customs area, provided that the cargo is handled by an authorized logistics operator (Authorized Commissioned Export Declaration), and the lead time and cost are reduced.
    (3) AEO Customs Broker can lodge import/export declarations to any regional customs office, regardless of the placement of bonded area where their cargo is stored. That contributes to improving business efficiency and cost reduction.

Note: In addition, approval as an authorized logistics operator may be obtained with satisfaction of certain requirements. In the future, it will also be possible to select the customs office or branch for export declaration within the area under jurisdiction of a customs office. For further detail, please check the Japan Customs website or inquire with the officer in charge of the authorized customs broker's program at each customs office.

For further information, contact the department in charge of the AEO program.


Hakodate Customs0138-40-4254
Tokyo Customs03-3599-6343
Yokohama Customs045-212-6125
Nagoya Customs052-654-4169
Osaka Customs06-6576-3391
Kobe Customs078-333-3071
Moji Customs050-3530-8312
Nagasaki Customs095-828-8801
Okinawa Regional Customs098-862-9291

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Please see No. 9301 for inquiries.