Kevin McAleenan, Acting Commissioner for U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Can Van Nguyen, Director General of the General Department of Vietnam Customs, signed a statement of intent May 31 regarding the U.S. and Vietnam’s continued negotiations on a Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement (CMAA).
The two customs administrations, through the signing of the statement of intent, committed to actively pursue further negotiations to resolve remaining issues in the CMAA text.
Director General Nguyen reiterated Vietnam’s aspiration to conclude and sign the CMAA during the November 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders’ Meetings in Danang, Vietnam. Acting Commissioner McAleenan acknowledged the ongoing efforts and affirmed that CBP would continue to prioritize the negotiations on the CMAA with Vietnam.
Director General Nguyen requested the meeting to also provide a venue for the continued dialogue with CBP leadership as a follow-up to Acting Commissioner McAleenan’s visit to Vietnam in July 2016 to meet with the Director General.
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.