Huawei Uganda has been awarded for its customs compliance practices with an Authorized Economic Operator Certificate by Uganda Revenue Authority. This Status is to enable Huawei enjoy trade facilitation benefits of having its customs clearance done in eight hours prior to the previous four or five days and also enable Huawei provide better services to local business customers and product end-users.
The Authorized Economic Operator Program which is also a world Customs Organization Standard was started by Uganda Revenue Authority in an effort to facilitate and perform its numerous functions in the collection of government Revenue, protection of Society and award of compliant organization to the custom laws, regulations and procedures. It not only enhances government efficiency, helps enterprises improve the internal management, enjoy the trade facilitation measures, but also create more value for the East African Community (EAC).
“URA is happy to partner with the industry leading company like Huawei since it has global experience. Huawei is qualified as AEO in both China and Uganda, which makes business simplified and quality of services improved since there shall be importation with ease. We look at having customs clearance at a time below eight hours with AEO”, said Mr. Dicksons Kateshumbwa, the Acting Commissioner General of Uganda Revenue Authority.
“Huawei is honored to be an Authorized Economic Operator, as a model company and industry leader with an international value chain, using global best practices. This is a very important recognition to Huawei Uganda as a local corporate citizen because we are now among the only five Huawei subsidiaries to achieve this status, among the 170 Huawei serving countries and regions in the World”, said Stanley Chyn, MD, Huawei Uganda.
Mr. Stanley Chyn also noted that the AEO Certificate would benefit Huawei in reducing the cost of doing business such as delayed customs clearance days that have an average five days to be reduced to only eight hours, improve quality of service that places Huawei in a better position to offer better services to customers, being trustworthy and business compliant and improve internal control systems which means internal business risks are reduced hence business future guaranteed.
Huawei supports Global and National Trade and Customs Rules. Trade compliance is a top priority for Huawei. Our trade compliance committee involves all the functional departments. The trade compliance requirements have been integrated into E2E (End to End) process and IT platform; we also use the internal audit to ensure the operations. Base on the trade compliance, we seek more facilitation measures from WTO and FTAs to reduce our transaction cost and make the delivery more efficient. All these contribute to our international value chain and company strategy.
Huawei has a six-prong set of customs compliance practices. Through standardizing internal business operations and building up trust and goodwill with local Customs authorities, we have already achieved the highest priority status from Customs authorities, such as US CTPAT, China AEO, Malaysia AEO, Kenya AEO, Turkey A Class and Indonesia Green Lane. We are currently applying to become an AEO in Mexico and Canada. Where possible, Huawei seeks to obtain the highest level customs approvals from relevant governments. Such kind of customs compliance management and AEO experience will offer practical and useful input on safe improvement.
As a responsible corporate citizen, besides AEO standard, Huawei also makes more efforts on our E2E Supply Chain Security Strategy and management. There is no 100% security. Traceability management is one of our effective measures to encounter threats. At Huawei business, hardware and software come from all over the world, and are delivered to more than 170 countries and regions. Global Supply Chain Traceability help us to ensure products and services integrity in global supply chain.