Background

U.S. Customs and Border Protection signed a customs mutual assistance agreement with the United Kingdom Dec. 16. This agreement will allow the two sides to continue to cooperate in combating customs offenses by sharing information and good practices in the wake of the UK’s exit from the European Union.

CMAAs provide the legal framework for the exchange of information and evidence to assist countries in the enforcement of customs laws, including with respect to 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.

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