NASHVILLE, TN—Schools in Lebanon, TN may be a little safer, thanks in part to officers assigned to U.S Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Port of Nashville.
The port cleared an overnight cargo aircraft from Nicaragua early Aug. 7 containing personal protective equipment (PPE) destined for the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA). The shipment, containing mostly face masks, is currently being distributed to area schools opening for the new school year.
“The officers burned the midnight oil inspecting and clearing the aircraft and crew so this vital shipment could be delivered in the fastest way possible,” said Lawrence Allen, CBP Nashville Port Director. “Considering the nature of shipment, I wanted to make sure these supplies could arrive as quickly as possible for use in our community.”
The Port of Nashville is assigned to the Area Port of Memphis, within CBP’s Office of Field Operations (OFO) in New Orleans.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.