OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 13, 2016) - The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) signed a Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA), on May 11, 2016, with the Tax Administration of the United Mexican States (SAT) that allows both countries to recognize each other's Trusted Trader members and facilitate border processes. The signing aligns with the World Customs Organization's SAFE Framework of Standards which establishes standards for globally integrated supply chain security and facilitation for all modes of transport. The MRA was signed at the World Customs Organization 3rd Global Authorized Economic Operators (AEO) Conference in Cancun, Mexico.

This MRA signifies that both administrations will provide reciprocal benefits to members of the CBSA's Partners in Protection and SAT's Nuevo Esquema de Empresas Certificadas programs. As the third and final bilateral arrangement regarding AEOs to be signed between Canada, the United States and Mexico, it also provides North American-wide mutual recognition of trusted trader programs.

Following this signing, the CBSA and the SAT will continue to work towards implementation and a monitoring plan will be established to ensure the integrity of the MRA.

Quick Facts

  • Canada and Mexico are each other's third-largest trading partners, and bilateral trade between the two countries continues to grow annually.
  • In August 2014, the CBSA and the SAT signed a Memorandum of Cooperation to improve the efficiency of trade between both countries by strengthening collaboration on customs and border enforcement.
  • MRAs strengthen relationships between countries while contributing to the CBSA's mandates to support national security and public safety, and facilitate the movement of goods. The CBSA has now signed five MRAs with other customs administrations, including the United States, Japan, Singapore and the Republic of Korea.


"Our Trusted Trader programs enhance the security and integrity of the supply chain, streamline border processing for our members and keep Canadians safe by allowing the Canada Border Services Agency to focus resources on areas of higher or unknown risk."

Linda Lizotte-MacPherson, President, CBSA

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