CBSA signs Mutual Recognition Agreement with the European Union to enhance supply chain security and facilitate trade 

News release

October 28, 2022
Ottawa, ON

Strong partnerships between customs organizations and businesses enhance the security and integrity of our global supply chain.

Today, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced the signing of a Mutual Recognition Agreement with the European Union’s (EU) Taxation and Customs Union (TAXUD) to honour each other’s Trusted Trader programs. The signing took place during a Canada-EU Joint Customs Cooperation Committee meeting in Brussels, Belgium.

This agreement will contribute to increasing security of the international supply chain, facilitating trade at the border, and strengthening the economic competitiveness of Canadians doing business with the EU.

Members of Canada’s Trusted Trader program, Partners in Protection (PIP), will have their goods treated as low risk and cleared by EU Customs faster, ultimately saving time and money at the border. The CBSA will do the same for members of the EU’s Trusted Trader program, which is referred to as their Authorized Economic Operator program. This will also allow the CBSA to focus its resources on areas of higher or unknown risk and protect Canadians by preventing contraband from entering the country.

The CBSA establishes mutual recognition with customs organizations around the world so countries can recognize each others’ program members as low risk and honour similar benefits. It signifies that countries apply similar security standards and validation processes when approving program applicants. The key goal of mutual recognition is to strengthen trust and security in the supply chain to prevent criminal activity, such as cargo theft and pilferage, and smuggling contraband. Mutual recognition also contributes to trade by streamlining processing at the border for certified trusted traders.

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 Canada Border Services Agency is pleased to have signed a Mutual Recognition Agreement with the European Union, Canada’s second-largest trading partner. This agreement will enhance international supply chain security, facilitate trade between Canada and Europe, and strengthen the economic competitiveness of Canadian businesses.

Erin O’Gorman
President, Canada Border Services Agency

Quick facts

  • The EU is one of the largest economies in the world and Canada’s second-largest trading partner after the United States.

  • The EU is a large, dynamic market of 450 million consumers that offers tremendous opportunities for Canadian businesses in a wide range of sectors.

  • The Canada-EU Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement has significantly expanded commercial opportunities between the parties.

  • In 2021, the value of trade in goods between the EU and Canada was approximately $88.2 billion.

  • In addition to this agreement with the EU, the CBSA has established mutual recognition with the customs administrations of Australia, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, South Korea and the United States.

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