The AWSC Business Process
The business process for the AWSC can be broken down into three separate phases:
- Application and Accreditation – this is a transaction between an exporter in one of the 10 ASEAN Member States (AMS) and the Competent Authority in the respective AMS. It is the process by which the exporter submits an application to be a Certified Exporter (CE), provides the necessary documents and proof of compliance to the respective AMS’s requirements.
- Registration – this phase covers the process whereby the respective AMS registers their accredited CEs into the AWSC database maintained by the ASEAN Secretariat.
- Certification and Clearing – this phase covers when the Certified Exporter issues self-certified origin declarations which are then used by the Certified Exporter by presenting them to Customs in the receiving country for the purposes of claiming the ATIGA preferential tariff.