New Steps Taken by United States and European Union to Recognize C-TPAT and AEO

The European Commission (EC) has published a communique on the next steps to be taken in the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) and Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) programs.

The EC notice describes steps AEO certified operators (AEOF and AEOS) would take to benefit from the advantages that go together with  mutual recognition of C-TPAT and AEO programs by the United States (US) and the EU.

The Joint Customs Cooperation Committee, which agreed on mutual recognition of the C-TPAT and AEO programs, reached a decision to treat Trusted Traders favorably. Those organizations which have Trusted Trader status will be taken into account in the risk assessment for purposes of conducting inspections or controls.

It is expected that the mutual recognition of both programs will lead to lower costs, simplified procedures and greater predictability for Trans- Atlantic business activities.

From a practical point of view, AEO certified parties (AEOF and AEOS) will need to link their Economic Operators Registration and Identification (EORI) number to a Manufacturer’s Identification (MID) number, issued by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

To link both numbers, CBP has created a web application where AEOs can register their EORI number and associate it with their MID number(s). When the exchange of relevant AEO data and testing has been completed, the Commission will notify AEOs through its website that the application is operational.

If you don’t know your MID number, contact your business partner in the US to find out what MID number(s) have been attributed in the US for your company.

More detailed information on the procedure can be found in the following documents: C-TPAT Mutual Recognition and Information note on AEO & C-TPAT

If there are any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Thank you, 

Caroline Gubbi
Regulatory Compliance Executive Europe 
Phone: + 32 3 234 59 32
Mobile: + 32 475 25 54 70

Source: European Commission Mobility and Transportation, BDP International.