The European Union also has partnership and cooperation agreements with a number of countries, including Russia and Ukraine, which cover customs cooperation and include a protocol on mutual assistance. The agreements also contain a chapter on mutual assistance in customs matters, which specifies the circumstances and the way in which customs authorities may exchange data relating to infringements of customs legislation and fraud. The rules must be strictly enforced. In addition, it is necessary to apply data protection rules and preserve the confidentiality of information. Trusted Trader programs enhance the security and integrity of the global supply chain by establishing partnerships between customs and businesses and providing optimized border processes for pre-approved low-risk traders. As international trade continues to grow and becomes increasingly complex, Customs administrations also need to implement broader functions to meet the needs of this situation. Since the resources available to a Customs administration are not sufficient to meet growing trade needs, Customs administrations around the world are striving to establish mutual cooperation in areas such as facilitation of customs clearance or border control and therefore sign Customs Assistance Agreements (AMACs) as the legal basis for such cooperation. The agreements allow for the exchange of information, intelligence and documents that will ultimately help countries prevent and investigate customs offences. Agreements are particularly useful for U.S. attaché offices, as each agreement is tailored to the national capabilities and policies of a single country`s customs administration.

The Customs administrations of the Parties may, where beneficial to both Parties, exchange personnel in order to improve their understanding of each other`s procedures and techniques. These agreements are part of the European Community`s strategy towards third countries in the field of customs cooperation. They focus on enhanced customs cooperation with a view not only to speeding up the handling of goods, reducing trade costs and uncertainties, but also to strengthening the development of cross-border trade, and the signing of CMAAs between the ROC and other countries will improve customs cooperation and improve the efficiency of customs enforcement. in order to make an essential contribution to the comfort and security of cross-border trade. . . . .