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Mutual recognition of “trusted traders” with Dominican Republic

Customs trusted traders program

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) today announced the signing of a “mutual recognition arrangement” with the Dominican Republic—the first “trusted trader” agreement between the United States and a Caribbean nation.


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As noted in the CBP announcement, the agreement recognizes compatibility between CBP’s Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program and the Dominican Republic’s Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) program. The customs authorities will begin exchanging information so that implementation can start in the first quarter of 2016.

  • CBP will identify AEO companies in the Dominican Republic that export to the United States as trusted partners. As such, these companies will undergo fewer inspections, and their cargo will be expedited through U.S. controls.  
  • U.S. exporters who are certified under C-TPAT will receive similar benefits as their goods arrive in the Dominican Republic. 


For more information, contact a professional with KPMG’s Trade & Customs practice:

Douglas Zuvich | +1 (312) 665-1022 |

Andrew Siciliano | +1 (631) 425-6057 |

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