United States and Peru Sign Partnership to Secure and Facilitate Travel and Trade

(Thursday, March 02, 2006)

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Assistant Commissioner E. Keith Thomson, Office of International Affairs and Dr. Eduardo Ferrero, Ambassador, Embassy of Peru, Washington, D.C. signed a Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement (CMAA) between the U.S. and Peru on March 1, 2006. This CMAA is designed to assist the two countries in improving the flow of travel and trade while securing them against terrorism and illegal activities.  

“This Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement with Peru will allow for the exchange of information, intelligence, and documents that will assist both countries in the prevention of terrorism and customs offenses,” said United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Acting Commissioner Deborah J. Spero.  

The CMAA will be mutually beneficial to the U.S. and Peru by enhancing each country’s ability to enforce customs laws. In addition, this agreement will provide a basis for cooperation and investigation in the areas of trade fraud, money laundering, smuggling, export controls, and related security.  

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has signed agreements with a number of other customs administrations worldwide. As of today, 58 agreements have been signed.

 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 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.

Contacts For This Press Release CBP HeadquartersOffice of Public Affairs1300 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.Room 3.4AWashington, D.C. 20229 Phone: (202) 344-1770or (800) 826-1471Fax: (202) 344-1393