United States and Mexico Hold Official Meeting to Strengthen Economic Competitiveness and Security

WASHINGTON — U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Mexico’s Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit, through the Tax Administration Service, met today in Mexico City to advance the development of Customs in the 21st century for both the United States and Mexico. Recognizing the importance of facilitating cross border flows, officials from both countries expressed their intent to work together to improve economic competitiveness and security for both the United States and Mexico.

 

“The economies of Mexico and the United States are deeply integrated and growing traffic requires innovation to efficiently process cargo and travelers along our shared border,” said CBP Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan. “Meetings like this further strengthen the close partnership of CBP and Mexico’s Tax Administration Service as we work to improve the security and facilitation of the hundreds of thousands of people and $1.6 billion in cargo that cross between the U.S. and Mexico each day. We are both committed to enhancing our trade enforcement efforts to guard against duty evasion and intellectual property rights violations.”

 

During the meeting, Mexico’s Tax Administration Service and CBP expressed their intent to:

 

*   Enhance bilateral work in the areas of trade and travel facilitation;

 

*   Foster a productive relationship through joint collaborative efforts;

 

*   Continue to cooperate on innovative approaches to cargo inspection to further facilitate the cross-border flow of good, while making efficient and effective use of available resources;

 

*   Improve the efficiency of our customs processes to manage risk, and reduce processing times and transactional costs to both the trade communities and our agencies.

 

*   Promote improved international standards, measures and controls through stronger partnerships with the trade community to enhance supply chain security; and

*   Continue to work towards harmonizing data requirements to facilitate cargo processing and expand capacities and cooperation, particularly in matters of risk management and examination of cargo.

 

Partnerships like this move Mexico’s Tax Administration Service and CBP another step forward in forming competitive, transparent, collaborative and globalized customs agencies.

 

–CBP–

 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry.  CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.