Its purpose: to establish a pathway to signing a mutual recognition agreement. CBP deputy commissioner said it was another example of the enduring friendship and vital partnership between the two countries
CBP Deputy Commissioner David V. Aguilar joined Israeli Customs Director General Director Israeli Tax Authority Doron Arbely at CBP headquarters in Washington, D.C., to sign a joint work plan, establishing a pathway to signing a mutual recognition agreement between CBP’s Customs-Trade Partnership against terrorism, or C-TPAT, and the Israeli Tax Authority’s Authorized Economic Operator Program.
Aguilar said he appreciates the mutual cooperation with his Israeli counterparts. He said it was another example of the enduring friendship and vital partnership between the two countries as they address the challenges of securing their borders and facilitating legitimate trade and travel.
Arbeli noted that the mutual recognition with US customs has a vast importance to the Israeli economy which focuses on increasing support to Israeli exporters to develop and penetrate new markets.
C-TPAT is CBP’s voluntary supply-chain security program for importers, brokers, carriers and other eligible entities. C-TPAT builds upon relationships with all segments of the supply chain, both foreign and domestic, to secure the entire supply chain of goods entering the U.S.
Aguilar noted that “The signing of this joint work plan further solidifies the United States’ strong and enduring partnership with Israel, and our mutual dedication to ensure the safety and security of both our countries.”