U.S., Korea seek to link trusted traveler programs

May 10, 2011 at 7:00 am

Mutual recognition isn’t only for cargo security.
   On Tuesday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin and Dong-hyeon Seok, commissioner of the Korea Immigration Service, signed an agreement in Washington to harmonize their trusted traveler initiatives and eventually offer reciprocal benefits to members of each program.
   Two governments are able to mutually recognize their programs when each is satisfied the counterpart’s security procedures for vetting participants in an expedited supply chain or traveler program, and overall inspection regimes, are compatible with its own.
   CBP has mutual recognition agreements in the cargo arena through its Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism and similar programs with New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Jordan and Korea, although work is still underway on information sharing and other steps to fully implement the exchange of reciprocal benefits. C-TPAT is a voluntary program that offers the possibility of fewer cargo exams and some other preferential treatment at ports to companies that adopt approved security plans that meet or exceed minimum security standards. Under mutual recognition, CBP can extend those benefits to companies exporting to the United States that have been validated by a foreign customs service instead of its own personnel.  Read more.

E Kulisch, American Shipper, 4/27/2011

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