Imports Between the U.S. and the EU Soon to Become Easier

This month the Custom and Border Protection’s (CBP) Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program partners with the EU through the signing of a Mutual Recognition Decision.  As “low-risk” importers, C-TPAT members enjoy benefits such as expedited processing and a lower likelihood of import examination in exchange for meeting security criteria and working with CBP to protect borders and supply chains. Mutual Recognition Arrangements link similar partnership programs in other countries with C-TPAT to secure and facilitate global trade.  C-TPATs alignment with the EU’s Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) program should mean more efficiency, less red tape, and savings of time and money for importers who will only need to comply with one set of standards and undergo visits from one program.  This agreement includes all 27 EU member states.  CBP currently also has arrangements with New Zealand, Korea, Japan, Jordan, and Canada.