An “authorized trader” (sometimes called an “Authorized Economic Operator”) is a concept developed in the WCO’s SAFE Framework of Standards, the WCO’s Revised Kyoto Convention, and in the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement. An “authorized trader” must meet certain security and reliability standards in order to qualify. However, once a trader is qualified as an “authorized trader”, the trader then typically benefits from a number of trade facilitating measures.
Myanmar has indicated intent to implement WCO’s SAFE and will also be bound by the provisions of the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement when that agreement comes into effect. However, Myanmar has not yet adopted an authorized trader program.