The ICC has developed a mutual recognition recommendation that lists the main features of each MRA in order to develop benefits for trade: the ultimate goal should be to develop a multilateral mutual recognition agreement (MRA) to avoid the creation of new barriers to trade. However, bilateral MRAs will be a reality for some time to come. In order to maximize the benefits of such an MRA, the WCO has developed MRA guidelines to support the development and implementation of such a programme. In this context, on 24 November 2014, Thai Customs and its Korean counterpart signed an action plan as an initiative to develop cooperation under the AEO Mutual Recognition Programme. This has now led to the mutual recognition agreement. The signing ceremony of the OAS-ARM between the Thai Customs Department and the Korean Customs Service took place on December 27, 2016 at the Thai Customs Department, where the Director General of Thai Customs, Mr. Kulit Sombatsiri, and the Korean Commissioner of Customs, Mr. Hong-uk Chun, signed the Mutual Recognition Agreement. Purpose: To support managers in the planning and implementation of such agreements or arrangements.
Mutual recognition of AEOs refers to mechanisms developed by Customs administrations for the mutual recognition of AEO validations and authorizations, as well as the results of customs controls and other mechanisms that may be necessary to eliminate or reduce redundant or duplicate efforts in validation and authorization. Specific benefits are included in each individual Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA), but in general, benefits include the following basic elements: The Mutual Recognition Agreement/Arrangement (MRA) Strategic Guide helps members develop, negotiate and implement MRA plans. The guide includes, among other things, a comprehensive strategic approach to the MRA that establishes a clear vision and roadmap with a set of activities that must be undertaken to achieve the predefined objectives related to the planning, negotiation and implementation of MRAs with partner Customs administrations. It describes some of the key enablers needed for successful MRA negotiation and implementation, using work examples and best practices. In addition, the guide recommends a regional or plurilateral approach to MRA as a means of moving forward. This approach would reduce/eliminate the need for a series of bilateral MRAs and the administrative costs associated with negotiation and implementation. .