Partners in Protection
Mutual Recognition

Mutual recognition arrangements (MRAs) expand the international trade network of accredited low-risk companies. An MRA between Partners in Protection (PIP) and compatible customs-trade partnership programs means that:

MRAs allow government customs administrations to work together to improve their ability to target high risk shipments while expediting legitimate cargo. To enhance cross-border security, the CBSA has signed MRAs recognizing the compatibility of its PIP program with the following foreign Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) programs:

Harmonization of PIP and C-TPAT

The PIP program is working toward harmonization with the U.S. Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program, which will include enhanced member benefits. Harmonization will align both programs to the greatest extent possible for the benefit of applicants, members, and both customs organizations. Harmonization will enable eligible companies to apply to both programs using a single application process, have only one site visit performed, and have a single point of contact to administer their membership in both programs. By liminating the duplication of efforts in application processing and account management, eligible members will benefit from both cost and time savings.

This harmonization of the programs responds to a commitment made in the Beyond the Border Action Plan for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness.

For information on eligibility requirements and applying for harmonized membership, visit the Trusted Trader Portal help page.

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