Boston CBP, CONECT & Massport Leaders Engage Trade Stakeholders
EAST BOSTON—On June 6, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations Boston Field Office and area port leaders joined top executives from the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) at the Coalition of New England Companies for Trade's (CONECT) Educational Program at their annual meeting. CONECT is composed of importers, exporters, manufacturers, trade associations, customs brokers and many other trade related entities.
CBP Boston Director of Field Operations (DFO) Kevin Weeks, Assistant DFO for Trade and Cargo Nora Ehrlich, Area Port Director (APD) Helen Sterling, Port Director Rebekah Bacon and Public Affairs Liaison Sean Smith represented CBP at this event. Presentations by DFO Weeks, APD Sterling, Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn, Acting Port Director Deborah Hadden and Aviation Director Ed Freni addressed 95 attendees from the importing, trade, maritime and air cargo community and fielded questions during Q&A.
"This was an excellent opportunity for local trade community members to meet the leaders of government and non-government agencies that facilitate safe and efficient trade and travel," said DFO Kevin Weeks. "Outreach events such as this allows CBP and our partners to communicate relevant information to the trade and cargo industry and to receive feedback from the stakeholders we serve."
"CBP is very fortunate to have a successful working relationship with CONECT and Massport," said DFO Weeks. "We continue to strive to enhance and develop operations throughout our respective jurisdictions."
Attendees received information from DFO Weeks on CBP's 'Resource Optimization at Ports of Entry' Report and updates on operations throughout New England.
CEO Glynn discussed recent improvements to port infrastructure and security and outlined Massport's near and long-term goals. "The world is changing and we need to make sure we are keeping pace with those changes. The trade community needs to be aware of the importance of the viability of our facilities, work volume and growth potential."
DFO Weeks and CEO Glynn stressed that even during financially challenging times, our collaboration with stakeholders is critical to ensure that operations are not negatively impacted.
Massport works closely with CBP to ensure that air and maritime facilities meet agency standards and that cargo and passenger needs are met to enhance and ensure efficient release of low risk travelers and cargo.
Over the past decade, Massport and their transportation partners have invested more than $5 billion to upgrade, improve and modernize airport and seaport facilities, and a recent economic impact report estimates that Massport contributes $8.7 billion a year in total economic impact.
The CONECTAnnual Meeting is just one of several trade outreach events that local CBP participates in year-round. Most recently, CBP hosted Boston Trade Day in May in downtown Boston and participated in an import regulations seminar at Bryant University in April. As another example, this October, CBP will host CONECT participants in a Fall Cargo Facilities Tour which will encompass both air and maritime environments.
CBP will facilitate nationally about $2 trillion in legitimate trade this year while enforcing U.S. trade laws that protect the economy, the health and the safety of the American people. Local outreach events help accomplish trade facilitation by establishing close partnerships with the trade community and participating government agencies.
For information on how CBP is transforming trade please visit the Trade section of the CBP Web site.
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.