FNC receives Authorized Economic Operator accreditation

After over three years of work, the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC) became the first large coffee exporter in Colombia accredited as Authorized Economic Operator (AEO), in the Security and Facilitation category.

Under the guidelines of the World Customs Organization, in Colombia this authorisation is granted by the National Directorate of Taxes and Customs (DIAN) as the customs authority and by the Anti-Narcotics Police to those companies that meet the highest security standards throughout the supply chain, in addition to a satisfactory record of compliance with customs and fiscal obligations.

Being an AEO results in a series of benefits for the FNC foreign trade operations and recognition as a safe company for both business associates and control authorities.

“With this recognition, the FNC not only continues to set the standard in the industry, in this case in terms of security of its logistics chain, but it will also contribute to increasing the reputation of Café de Colombia in the world,” said Roberto Vélez, CEO of the Bogotá-based FNC.

In its Integrated Management System (SGI), regarding risk management the FNC addresses operational, legal, reputation/image, prevention of money laundering and financing of terrorism, information security and physical security aspects, among others. To become an AEO, with the motto ‘Security and trust until the cup’ as its compass, the FNC redoubled efforts in security terms, with the participation of all its workers in preventive actions that reduce possible impacts of undesired internal or external situations.

To this end, the organisation adopted the Control and Security component in its SGI as a key element for the supply chain of green and industrialised coffee, which entails complying with international security requirements and high standards.

Being recognised as a reliable and secure operator makes the FNC more competitive in the eyes of its customers, opening doors for future businesses, as buyers around the world give more and more priority to companies that are strong in environmental, social and security compliance.

Better processing times will also be achieved thanks to simplified customs procedures and submission of brief declarations of import and export of goods, with less physical and documentary controls, among other benefits.

AEO programmes have three fundamental pillars: trust, transparency and cooperation, crucial elements of the relationship between customs authorities and private companies. Their objective is to guarantee minimum levels of security and facilitate international trade, forging solid partnerships between the public and private sectors that guarantee security of the entire supply chain and build international relationships of trust.

“Thanks to the work of business partners, customers and employees, the FNC has this important recognition that encourages it to continue working with pride and commitment to continue bringing security and trust up to the cup,” Vélez added.

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