Friday, March 28, 2008

U.S. and E.C. Joint Roadmap on Security

This press release from Customs and Border Protection states that CBP and the European Commission's Tax and Customs Union Directorate have adopted a joint "roadmap" to mutual recognition of trade partnership programs. The ultimate goal is to establish mutual recognition of the U.S. Customs and Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) and the European Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) programs. Once mutual recognition is established, C-TPAT and AEO members will be able to participate in the corresponding other program and, one assumes, reap the benefits thereof. According to the plan, upcoming steps include:

  • Establishing guidelines on information exchanges
  • Joint verifications
  • C-TPAT for exporters
  • Exchanging best practices

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