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The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Mexico's Tax Administration Service (SAT) have signed a joint work plan targeted at helping trade between the countries through mutual recognition of their trusted trader programs.
The plan lays out the path to mutual recognition of their Authorized Economic Operator programs - CBP's Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) and SAT's New Certified Companies Scheme (NEEC). The plan, expected to be implemented in two years, was signed by CBP Deputy Commissioner David V. Aguilar and SAT Director Aristóteles Nuñez Sánchez.
Mutual recognition of the programs will allow for companies enrolled in one program to receive reciprocal benefits from the other with the result of both further securing the international supply chain and facilitating trade between the US and Mexico.
C-TPAT is a voluntary government-business initiative to build cooperative relationships that strengthen and improve overall international supply chain and US border security. It recognizes that CBP can provide the highest level of cargo security only through close cooperation with the stakeholders of the international supply chain, such as importers, carriers, licensed customs brokers and manufacturers.
The NEEC is a program that seeks to strengthen the security of the supply chain of foreign trade through the implementation of minimum internationally recognized standards, in coordination with the private sector, while providing benefits to participating companies. Export-focused, and aimed at manufacturers and traders, it focuses on, for example, streamlining customs clearance and simplifying administration.
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