Uruguay Customs and U.S. Customs and Border Protection sign AEO Mutual Recognition Agreement

Fecha: 19/08/2022

The Director General of Uruguay Customs, Mr. Jaime Borgiani and the Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mr. Chris Magnus, signed a Mutual Recognition Agreement of their Authorized Economic Operator Programmes.

The Agreement was signed at the ´2022 Trade Facilitation and Cargo Security Summit´ held in Anaheim, California, USA, from 18 to 22 July 2022, which the Director General of Uruguay Customs attended.

This is an operational level Agreement, so both Customs Administrations are responsible for its execution and implementation, which establishes that their Programs are secure initiatives, implemented according to the WCO SAFE Framework of Standards, and acknowledging the outcomes of the validation and certification status granted to the Authorized Economic Operators of their respective Programmes (C-TPAT and AEO).

Uruguay Customs and the US Customs and Border Protection started technical work in 2016 when they signed a Joint Action Plan, aimed at reaching a Mutual Recognition Agreement of their AEO Programmes. They committed themselves to go through the stages to reach an MRA, which were: comparison of their AEO Programs, joint validation visits in both countries, negotiation of benefits to be granted and operating procedures, and the negotiation of the text of the Agreement.