Last reviewed 9 February 2021

The United States and the UK have concluded an arrangement to formally recognise one another’s authorised economic operator (AEO) programmes.

William Ferrara, Executive Assistant Commissioner of the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations, said: “This arrangement will take US-UK cooperation on supply chain security to the next level. Mutual recognition of the US and UK AEO programmes will mitigate risks, improve information sharing, and eliminate red tape for our partners in the trade community.”

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) said that the agreement marked three years of hard work and cooperation with US CBP in order to ensure that US and UK AEO traders can continue to benefit from the trading relationship between the two nations.

AEO programmes allow low-risk members of the trade community who meet internationally-recognised supply chain security standards to enjoy trade facilitation benefits.

Under this latest arrangement, US CBP will accept the validation of UK AEOs and grant them approval status in the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT).

HMRC will likewise accept the validation of CTPAT members and grant them approval status as AEOs.

CTPAT is a voluntary, public-private partnership through which members of the trade community cooperate with CBP to protect the supply chain, identify security gaps, and implement specific security measures and best practices.

By meeting stringent supply chain security requirements, CTPAT members enjoy benefits including risk mitigation and shorter wait times at US borders.

More information about CTPAT is available at https://www.cbp.gov/border-security/ports-entry/cargo-security/ctpat.