Contributing Lawyers

Canada

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

United States

Susan Kohn Ross

Australia

Andrew Hudson



Mutual Recognition - C-TPAT and AEO Meet

U.S. Customs established the C-TPAT program right after the events of 9/11. Since then, the World Customs Organization has adopted the AEO program. American traders, exporters in particular, have been after the U.S. to find a way to accept the programs adopted in other countries as equivalent so that being a C-TPAT member meant the necessary security measures are in place to meet the AEO program in the other country.

 

 

U.S. Customs has been slow to incorporate export activities in its C-TPAT validation process, frankly due to lack of resources but that has started to change as the agency is working with large companies that both import and export seeking ways to make exports an integral part of the program. On an equally positive note, the U.S. announced mutual recognition with New Zealand in June 2007. In July 2008, Customs announced mutual recognition pacts had been signed with Jordan and Canada. It is thought the EU will be the next party granted mutual recognition, but those talks are on-going.

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