CBSA Signs Mutual Recognition Arrangement with Australia

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The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) today announced the signing of a Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) with Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) regarding their respective Trusted Trader programs. The signing took place earlier this month on the margins of the World Customs Organization Council Sessions in Brussels, Belgium. 

Trusted Trader programs enhance the security and integrity of the global supply chain through the establishment of customs to business partnerships and by providing streamlined border processes to pre-approved, low-risk traders. 

This MRA signifies that the CBSA’s Partners in Protection program members will be recognized by, and receive trade facilitation benefits from, the DIBP. The CBSA will reciprocate by providing similar benefits to members of the Australian Trusted Trader program. 

Border management is a shared international responsibility. Threats and opportunities arising from global migration and trade are dealt with most effectively by working together. Expanding the international network of accredited low-risk companies allows customs administrations to focus on targeting shipments of higher or unknown risk.


“The CBSA is a fully engaged member of the World Customs Organization, regularly sharing best practices and lessons learned with international partners, such as Australia. Putting in place Mutual Recognition Arrangements with international partners represents a major component of the CBSA’s International Strategic Framework to advance global border management.”

- John Ossowski; President, Canada Border Services Agency

Quick Facts

  • Canada’s total exports to Australia in 2016 were valued at $1.96 billion. Canada’s total imports from Australia in 2016 were worth over $2.0 billion.

    In 2016, Australia ranked as Canada’s 16th largest destination for Canadian merchandise exports and Canada ranked 20th for Australia.

    In addition to the MRA with Australia, the CBSA has signed MRAs with the Customs Administrations of Japan, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea and the United States.In addition to MRAs, Canada establishes Customs Mutual Assistance Agreements (CMAAs) to share customs information to prevent, investigate and combat customs offences. CMAAs are legally binding treaties governed by international public law.

    A Canada-Chile CMAA came into force on May 10, 2017, and a Canada-Argentina CMAA was signed on May 15, 2017. In addition to Argentina and Chile, Canada has CMAAs with China, the European Community, Israel, Mexico, South Africa, South Korea, and the United States.

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