Background

The U.S. and the United Kingdom have concluded an arrangement to formally recognize one another’s authorized economic operator programs.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, AEO status indicates that a business has customs control procedures in place that meet international standards and criteria. Those with AEO status are deemed low-risk and enjoy trade facilitation benefits.

A CBP press release states that under the new arrangement it will accept the validation of UK AEOs and grant them approval status in the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism. Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs will likewise accept the validation of CTPAT members and grant them approval status as AEOs.

William Ferrara, executive assistant commissioner of CBP’s Office of Field Operations, said the arrangement “will take U.S.-UK cooperation on supply chain security to the next level” and help the two sides “mitigate risks, improve information sharing, and eliminate red tape for our partners in the trade community.”

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