Background

U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Brazil’s Customs Authority Receita Federal have signed a mutual recognition arrangement recognizing that the security requirements or standards of Brazil’s authorized economic operator program, as well as its verification procedures, are the same or like those of the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism. CTPAT seeks to provide the highest level of cargo security through close cooperation with the principal stakeholders of the international supply chain, including importers, carriers, consolidators, licensed customs brokers, and manufacturers.

CBP notes that it first signed a customs mutual assistance agreement with Brazil in 2002 as an initial step to enhance cooperation, trade, and security in areas of shared responsibility. CBP began working with Brazil on an AEO supply chain security program in 2014 and signed a joint work plan to strengthen the secure trade partnership in 2015. CBP states that the signing of the MRA is “the next step in ensuring compatibility between each nation’s trade and security programs while advancing to the next phase of joint work.”

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