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Brazil, U.S. agree to boost customs cooperation

07-12-2012 11:25 BJT

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 11 (Xinhua) -- Brazil and the United States signed an agreement on Wednesday to boost customs cooperation and strengthen trade ties.

Brazilian Finance Minister Guido Mantega and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano signed the accord in the Brazilian capital Brasilia.

The two officials discussed joint efforts to promote customs cooperation to enhance trade relations and increase the observance of practices and standards recommended by the World Customs Organization (WCO).

Both sides also agreed to combat organized crime at ports of entry and pledged to safeguard land, sea and air gateways.

Under the agreement, Brazil and the United States will form a work group to study ways of facilitating the granting of visas. The group's first meeting will be held in Washington no later than November.

Napolitano also met with Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota.They discussed how to make it easier for the Brazilians and the Americans to travel between the two nations.

In order to promote tourism, U.S. President Barack Obama said earlier this year that easing visa restrictions for Brazilians was a priority and he urged to speed up the process.

WCO is an organization devoted to developing, simplifying, and harmonizing customs procedures, as well as facilitating international trade and enhancing customs enforcement worldwide.

Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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