Customs Assistance Agreement with Paraguay Updated
U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports that it has updated a customs mutual assistance agreement with Paraguay originally concluded in 2002. CBP states that the updated agreement expands the two countries’ ability to share information and strengthens their trade facilitation efforts and enforcement capabilities. For example, information exchanged under the agreement may now be used in criminal proceedings by both parties.
CMAAs are bilateral agreements that provide the legal framework for the exchange of information and evidence to assist countries in the enforcement of customs laws, including duty evasion, trafficking, proliferation, money laundering and terrorism-related activities. CMAAs also serve as foundational documents for subsequent information sharing arrangements, including mutual recognition arrangements on authorized economic operator programs. The U.S. has signed 82 CMAAs with other customs administrations across the world.