Baltimore - Rep. Frank M. Kratovil, Jr., of Maryland, toured the Port of Baltimore on Monday for a briefing on Customs and Border Protection's layered cargo security strategy.
Baltimore Acting Port Director Stephen Dearborn began the tour with an overview of CBP's role in both the passenger and cargo processing environments. A CBP agriculture specialist supplemented the overview with a presentation about CBP's accomplishments and approach to agriculture enforcement.
CBP officials escorted Kratovil and his staff through various operations at the Seagirt and Dundalk Marine Terminals. He observed CBP officers inspecting a container using a mobile non-intrusive inspection system and scanning cargo shipments with a radiation portal monitor.
"The Port of Baltimore is a symbol of American commerce, an economic engine, and job creator for our region," said Kratovil. "The dangerous world we live in requires cutting edge security measures be taken to bolster national security and protect global commerce. I appreciate the opportunity to witness the port's operations first hand as well as all that the men and women of Custom and Border protection do to keep us safe."
"It's important for our nation's legislators to fully understand the significant measures that CBP undertakes to secure the global supply chain," said Acting Port Director Stephen Dearborn, Port of Baltimore. "An educated electorate can be a vital stakeholder in our nation's security."
The Port of Baltimore is the nation's leader in Roll-on/Roll-off (RO/RO) cargo and automobile imports and exports.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.