In accordance with this policy, customs cooperation and mutual assistance agreements allow the parties to put in place the necessary instruments for customs cooperation. In the interest of global trade and international assistance in the fight against customs fraud, the European Union has signed agreements on customs cooperation and mutual assistance (Korea, Canada, Hong Kong, the United States, India, China and Japan). The parties can, by mutual agreement, extend the scope of the agreement in order to complement areas of cooperation in certain areas: the European Community has formally extended the customs cooperation agreement with the United States through effective and effective control measures aimed at improving the security of transatlantic container shipping. The extension of the agreement of 22 April 2004 to cooperation in the areas of EXPERTS and related issues, which aim to strike the right balance between security and facilitation, shows that the possibility of extending the scope of the agreement is indeed necessary, as the area of customs cooperation and the role of customs continue to develop. 12.1. This article does not prevent a Member from concluding or maintaining a bilateral, multilateral or regional agreement on the exchange or exchange of customs information and data, even on a safe and fast basis, for example on an automatic basis. B or before the shipment arrives. The revised Kyoto Convention (CRC) generally provides for Schedule (Standard 6.7) that Customs strives to cooperate with other customs administrations and to conclude mutual assistance agreements to improve customs control. Article 12 of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), which deals with customs cooperation, sets out the conditions and requirements for the exchange of information between members to ensure effective customs control, while preserving the confidentiality of the information exchanged. Article 12 gives MEPs the flexibility to establish the legal basis for the exchange of information. Members may enter into or maintain bilateral, multilateral or regional agreements on the exchange or exchange of customs information and data, including advance information. It is possible to maintain existing bilateral agreements as long as they are not at odds with the Community`s competences and customs cooperation and mutual assistance agreements. The provisions of this agreement prevail over the provisions of a bilateral agreement on customs cooperation and mutual assistance that have been concluded or can be taken between the Member States and the contracting party, provided that the provisions of this agreement are incompatible with those provided by those agreements.
12.2. This article should not be interpreted in the sense that it alters or affects a member`s rights or obligations under these bilateral, plurilateral or regional conventions, or regulates the exchange of customs information and data under these other agreements. The WCO SAFE-Framework for Standards (FoS) requires members to implement and improve agreements on the customs network in order to promote the free movement of goods through secure international distribution channels.