1. Each Party shall adopt or maintain simplified customs procedures for the efficient
release of goods in order to facilitate trade between the Parties and reduce costs for
importers and exporters.
2. Each Party shall ensure that these simplified procedures:
(a) allow for the release of goods within a period of time no longer than that
required to ensure compliance with its law;
(b) allow goods, and to the extent possible controlled or regulated goods, to be
released at the first point of arrival;
(c) endeavour to allow for the expeditious release of goods in need of emergency
(d) allow an importer or its agent to remove goods from customs’ control prior to
the final determination and payment of customs duties, taxes, and fees. Before
releasing the goods, a Party may require that an importer provide sufficient
guarantee in the form of a surety, a deposit, or some other appropriate
(e) provide for, in accordance with its law, simplified documentation requirements
for the entry of low-value goods as determined by each Party.
3. Each Party, in its simplified procedures, may require the submission of more
extensive information through post-entry accounting and verifications, as
4. Each Party shall allow for the expedited release of goods and, to the extent possible
and if applicable, shall:
(a) provide for advance electronic submission and processing of information
before physical arrival of goods to enable their release upon arrival, if no risk
has been identified or if no random checks are to be performed; and
(b) provide for clearance of certain goods with a minimum of documentation.
5. Each Party shall, to the extent possible, ensure that its authorities and agencies
involved in border and other import and export controls cooperate and coordinate to
facilitate trade by, among other things, converging import and export data and
documentation requirements and establishing a single location for one-time
documentary and physical verification of consignments.
6. Each Party shall ensure, to the extent possible, that its import and export
requirements for goods are coordinated to facilitate trade, regardless of whether these
requirements are administered by an agency or on behalf of that agency by the