Mutual Recognition Arrangements

Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRAs) are formal agreements between us and customs services in other countries with similar supply chain security standards.


We have signed MRAs with:

  • Australia
  • China
  • the United States
  • Japan
  • the Republic of Korea.

Practically, MRAs mean that Secure Export Scheme (SES) partners from mutually-recognised countries are seen as “low-security risk”. In turn, this means they can access fast-tracked customs processing in their destination countries.

As an example, SES exporters are 3.5 times less likely than other traders to be examined for security purposes by United States Customs and Border Protection.