Mutual recognition arrangements (MRAs) expand the international trade network of accredited low-risk companies. An MRA between Partners in Protection (PIP) and compatible customs-trade partnership programs means that:
- both countries apply similar security standards and site validation practices when approving companies for membership in their respective programs, and
- both countries recognize each other's members and may grant them similar benefits.
MRAs allow government customs administrations to work together to improve their ability to target high risk shipments while expediting legitimate cargo. To enhance cross-border security, the CBSA has signed MRAs recognizing the compatibility of its PIP program with the following foreign Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) programs:
- June 2008 – U.S. Customs and Border Protection – Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program
- June 2010 – Japan Customs and Tariff Bureau – AEO program
- June 2010 – Korea Customs Service – AEO program
- June 2010 – Singapore Customs – Secure Trade Partnership (STP) program
- May 2016 – Tax Administration Service of the United Mexican States – New Scheme of Certified Companies (NEEC)
Harmonization of PIP and C-TPAT
The PIP program is working toward harmonization with the U.S. Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program, which will include enhanced member benefits. Harmonization will align both programs to the greatest extent possible for the benefit of applicants, members, and both customs organizations. Harmonization will enable eligible companies to apply to both programs using a single application process, have only one site visit performed, and have a single point of contact to administer their membership in both programs. By eliminating the duplication of efforts in application processing and account management, eligible members will benefit from both cost and time savings.
This harmonization of the programs responds to a commitment made in the Beyond the Border Action Plan for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness.
For information on eligibility requirements and applying for harmonized membership, visit the Trusted Trader Portal help page.
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