Mutual Recognition of Authorized Economic Operators (AEO) allows two customs administrations to recognize one another’s standards and provide reciprocal benefits to members of both programs. It also allows for the exchange of membership information and data between foreign customs administrations.
The U.S. AEO program, the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT), has several Mutual Recognition Arrangements with other countries, indicating that both countries share similar security requirements or standards within their AEO program and verification procedures.
The goal of connecting international AEO programs through Mutual Recognition is to create a unified and sustainable security posture that enhances world-wide supply chain security and facilitates efficient global trade. Members of one country’s program can take advantage of benefits offered by its MRA partners.
Which countries does the US have mutual recognition arrangements with?
New Zealand – June 2007
Canada – June 2008
Jordan – June 2008
Japan – June 2009
Korea – June 2010
European Union – May 2012
Taiwan – November 2012
Israel – June 2014
Mexico – October 2014
Singapore – December 2014
Dominican Republic – December 2015
Peru – September 2018
The CT Strategies team has experience negotiating Mutual Recognition Arrangements and helping program members maximize the benefits of Mutual Recognition Arrangements between their country and foreign partners. CT Strategies offers customized support for companies seeking to align their security practices with global AEO programs to receive security and trade facilitation benefits.
CT Strategies also offers a CTPAT course developed and taught by former CBP leadership and accredited by the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) that can be found on the CT Strategies e-learning academy.