Customs cooperation between the EU and Canada is based on an agreement of 1998 and is currently being expanded under a Supply Chain Security Agreement signed on 4 March 2013.
EU-Canada customs cooperation is based on the Agreement on customs cooperation and mutual assistance in customs matters which was signed in Ottawa on 14 December 1997 and entered into force on 1 January 1998 ('1998 Agreement'). The agreement provides the legal framework for customs cooperation and mutual assistance and establishes the Joint Customs Co-operation Committee ('JCCC'), consisting of representatives of the parties' customs authorities. The JCCC is responsible for overseeing the implementation and ensuring the proper functioning of the agreement.
Joint Customs Cooperation Committee (JCCC)
The JCCC met most recently in Ottawa on 14-15 November 2011. The meeting agenda included discussions on supply chain security and risk management, air cargo security, AEO mutual recognition and IPR border measures.
Supply Chain Security Agreement
Customs cooperation with Canada is currently being expanded by way of a new agreement which will provide the legal framework for closer cooperation on supply chain security and related risk management.
The agreement was signed in Brussels on 4 March 2013 and will be concluded after its ratification by both Parties.
The JCCC will see to the proper functioning of the new agreement and will be empowered to adopt decisions to implement it, e.g. on AEO mutual recognition.
Signature of the Supply Chain Security Agreement on 4 March 2013