US Signs Customs MRA with Guatemala and Colombia

Posted by Kelsay Calvaruso on 4/21/23 5:00 PM

In a press release issued on April 18, 2023, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that it signed a Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) with the customs administrations of Guatemala and Colombia. The MRA follows a Joint Work Plan (JWP) signed in 2022 that outlined “the path towards MRAs between the two customs administrations’ Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) programs.”

According to the press release, “the essential concept of Mutual Recognition is that CTPAT [Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism] and the foreign Customs Administrations program have established a standard set of security requirements which allows one business partnership program to recognize the validation findings of the other program which benefits both Customs Administrations and the private sector participants.”

The press release can be found here:

Topics: Colombia, MRA, Guatemala

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