10th November 2023 – (Hong Kong) The Commissioner of Customs and Excise, Ms Louise Ho, led a delegation from Hong Kong Customs to visit the Macao Customs Service, where they signed the Co-operative and Mutual Assistance Arrangement (CCA) and the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) with the Director-General of Macao Customs Service, Mr Vong Man-chong.
Ms Ho emphasized the need for increased cooperation between the two Customs administrations in light of the growing connectivity between Hong Kong and Macao, particularly with the commissioning of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge. The signing of the CCA and the AEO MRA reflects the shared desire to strengthen mutual cooperation in various areas. These include enhancing collaboration in law enforcement and trade facilitation through closer administrative assistance, promoting high-quality development, establishing a mutually complementary cooperative relationship, and supporting the development environment in the Greater Bay Area.
The signing of the CCA will lead to strengthened intelligence exchange and joint efforts to combat cross-boundary crimes. Both sides will also increase information sharing to facilitate trade and create a business-friendly environment for legitimate trade activities.
Hong Kong Customs has previously signed 31 similar CCAs with the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China, Macao Customs, and 29 overseas customs administrations. These agreements have been instrumental in promoting cooperation and combatting illegal activities.
With the signing of the AEO MRA, customs clearance procedures between Hong Kong and Macao will be further streamlined. Authorized economic operators from both sides will enjoy facilitated trade benefits, such as reduced examination and prioritised clearance, for goods travelling between the two regions.