A Guide to Mutual Recognition

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.  

For more information on improving supply chain security, AEO and CTPAT compliance, please reach out at info@ct-strategies.com or visit https://ct-strategies.com/.  

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.  


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