The U.S. and European Union plan to implement mutual recognition of their supply chain security programs by the end of October, according to a statement signed on Thursday.
Completing prolonged mutual-recognition discussions between Customs and Border Protection’s Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism, and the EU Authorized Economic Operator programs is one of 18 action items listed in the statement signed by three European Commission members and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Napolitano was in Brussels to address the World Customs Organization.
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“The terrorist threat must not be allowed to impair international trade and economic development,” the statement said. “Security policies should be risk-based, cost-effective and should facilitate as well as secure transport operations.”
The statement also called for strengthening air cargo security, controlling the flow of illegal goods from narcotics to nuclear material, extending and connecting government-private partnership programs, compliance with security standards like the WCO SAFE framework, and developing new technologies.
The two governments also called for continued efforts by WCO and United Nations organizations to develop protocols for supply chain resiliency.
According to the statement, supply chain “must continue to function and be able to recover from major disruptions … In the face of inevitable disruptions, international process and policies are to be in place to resume the movement and commerce and restore confidence in the security system.”
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