Background

U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently signed supply chain security agreements with partner agencies in three countries.

A new mutual recognition arrangement with Uruguay recognizes that the security requirements or standards of Uruguay’s supply chain security industry partnership program, as well as its verification procedures, are the same or like those of the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism. CBP notes that when an entity joins CTPAT it agrees to work with CBP to protect the supply chain, identify security gaps, and implement specific security measures and best practices. Applicants must address a broad range of security topics and present security profiles that list action plans to align security throughout the supply chain.

CBP has also signed joint work plans with Guatemala and Colombia that lay out the path toward mutual recognition of those countries’ authorized economic operator programs. At the completion of these plans it will be determined if MRAs are feasible and should be pursued.

“These agreements help us work more closely with our international partners to secure and facilitate the supply chain across the globe,” said CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus. “This gives American consumers, workers, and manufacturers confidence in the safety and availability of the products we need.”

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