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Customs Mutual Assistance Agreements (CMAA)

Customs Mutual Assistance Agreements (CMAA) are legally binding, government-to-government agreements that provide the legal framework for the exchange of information to assist the United States’ international partners in the enforcement against customs offenses.  The agreements aid in the prevention, detection, and investigation of crimes associated with goods crossing international borders (e.g., duty evasion, Intellectual Property Rights violations, trafficking). 

CMAAs also allow for the sharing of information that is used to assist governments in judicial and quasi-judicial proceedings involving suspected violations of customs laws.  These agreements also help establish greater bilateral cooperation on trade and law enforcement issues.  Finally, CMAAs facilitate trade by enabling greater efficiency in searches, seizures, detentions, audits, and other enforcement actions, allowing legitimate trade and travel to flow more freely.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement co-negotiate CMAAs with international partners on behalf of the United States through authorization obtained from the U.S. Department of State.

The United States has signed and entered into force CMAAs with the following:

Algeria

Australia*

Austria

Azerbaijan

Bahrain

Belarus†

Belgium

Bolivia

Brazil

Bulgaria

Canada

Chile

China

Colombia

Costa Rica

Cyprus

Czech Republic‡

Denmark

Dominican Republic

Ecuador

European Community

Finland

France

Gabon

Georgia

Germany

Greece

Hong Kong*

Hungary

India

Indonesia

Ireland

Israel

Japan

Jordan

Kazakhstan

Kenya

Korea

Kuwait

Latvia

Malaysia

Maldives

Malta

Mauritius

Mexico

Mongolia

Morocco

Netherlands

New Zealand

Nigeria

Norway

Pakistan

Paraguay

Peru

Poland

Portugal

Romania

Russian Federation

Senegal

Serbia

Singapore

Slovakia‡

Spain

Sweden

Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office§

Trinidad and Tobago

Turkey

Ukraine

United Kingdom

Uruguay

Vietnam

 

 

 

* Non-binding

† Successor to the U.S. – USSR CMAA, June 2, 1990

‡ Successor to the U.S. – Czechoslovakia CMAA, May 7, 1991

§ Agreement is between American Institute in Taiwan and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States

Last modified: 
February 5, 2021