HOUSTON - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced the selection of Roderick W. Hudson as Area Port Director for the Houston/Galveston area ports of entry.
Hudson took over as the port director for the area seaports, Sept. 18.
“I am looking forward to working with local partners and industry stakeholders in carrying out CBP’s mission of protecting the nation from terrorists and terrorist weapons while facilitating legitimate trade and travel,” Hudson said. “I recognize the importance of the Texas seaports to the nation’s economy and the shared responsibility to keep them secured.”
Hudson recently transferred to Houston from Miami where he worked at the Miami International Airport as the Assistant Port Director, Tactical Operations for CBP. In Houston, Mr. Hudson served briefly as the Assistant Port Director, Tactical Operations before his promotion to Port Director.
The Houston/Galveston Seaport is the largest container port on the Gulf Coast according to American Association of Port Authorities and is ranked as the 10th busiest port in North America. As the Area Port Director, Mr. Hudson is responsible for oversight of CBP operations in the following ports: Port Arthur, Beaumont, Corpus Christi, Freeport, Galveston, and Houston.
“Rod’s varied experience and leadership skills make him an ideal fit to work with other law enforcement agencies and industry stakeholders who share the responsibility in protecting area seaports particularly the Houston seaport which is considered an economic base for the city as well as the nation,” said CBP’s Houston Director of Field Operations Judson W. Murdock II.
Hudson has over 26 years of combined federal service with CBP, the U.S. Customs Service and the United States Air Force. He began his CBP career at the Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport in Dallas, Texas and has worked at a variety of locations to include CBP Headquarters and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership and Criminal Justice Administration.
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.