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Framework for Promoting Transatlantic Economic Integration, Annex V: Secure Trade

Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
January 22, 2010


Points of Contact

European Commission:
U.S. Government:
Eileen McLucas
Telephone: 202-344-3553
EU Delegation in Washington:
U.S. Mission to the EU:
David Dolan, Customs Attaché


Framework, Annex 2, B; Annex 5.


To ensure that necessary security measures do not unnecessarily impede trade flows.

Specific Objectives

1. Mutual Recognition of our respective secure trader programs, C-TPAT and AEO.
2. Address concerns re recent U.S. legislation requiring 100% scanning of all containers destined for export to the United States.
3. Promote information exchanges on targeting high-risk cargo.


1. C-TPAT/AEO Mutual Recognition: In 2007, the U.S. and the EU initiated efforts to implement Mutual Recognition. The initial steps consisted of completing an in-depth comparison of both the U.S. and EU AEO programs and conducting a pilot program. Based on the conclusions drawn from these U.S.-EU efforts, a Roadmap towards Mutual Recognition was drafted and endorsed setting key performance-based stages required to reach Mutual Recognition. The U.S. and EU released the public version or abridged copy of the Authorized Economic Operator RoadMap for Mutual Recognition in January 2009. The US and EU conducted three best practices workshops for mutual recognition in the fall of 2009. From these workshops next steps will be developed to outline the best way to move forward.

2. 100% Scanning: At the May 13 and December 12, 2008 TEC meetings, the European Commission reiterated its concerns regarding the U.S. legislation requiring 100 percent scanning of containers bound for U.S. ports starting in 2012. The European Commission considers this legislation to be a potential new trade barrier, imposing significant costs on economic operators, which will not bring any benefit in terms of supply chain security. Nevertheless, the United States and the European Commission recognize the need for enhanced cooperation on a multi-layered, risk-based approach. Secretary for Homeland Security Napolitano has expressed to Congress Administration doubts abut the feasibility of implementing the 100% container scanning requirement by 2012, and a recent Congressional report states that “The Committee is aware that there are monumental obstacles to meeting the 2012 deadline set by the 9/11 Act for 100 percent scanning of U.S.-bound cargo and welcomes the Administration’s candor in this regard.”

3. Information Exchanges: April 2008, the EU deployed two officers to the National Targeting Center-Cargo (NTC-C); in July 2008 two additional officers joined them; and in October 2008 the final two officers were deployed. In total six officers rotated through the NTC-C over a period of approximately nine months. The EU representatives worked with the U.S on an array of topics of mutual interest, including, but not limited to, targeting and risk management methodologies.

Next Steps

The U.S. and EU are continuing to work towards Mutual Recognition and are holding technical and legal discussions. As a result of the best practices workshops next steps are being developed to outline the best way to move forwards.

The U.S. and the EU Officials are evaluating the EU Fellowship program and have tentatively agreed that the program has benefits and would like to continue working together in this capacity.

The U.S.-EU Joint Customs Cooperation Committee (JCCC) meets annually to review progress in these areas.

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