SOUTH TEXAS – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at eight South Texas ports of entry upheld CBP’s border security mission while facilitating significant volumes of passenger, commercial traffic and trade imports during Fiscal Year 2015. Fiscal Year 2015 began October 1, 2014 and ended Sept. 30, 2015.
“Our CBP officers at South Texas ports of entry continue to facilitate ever increasing volumes of lawful travel and trade, including $166 billion in imports, while seizing significant amounts of contraband, undeclared currency, uncovering immigration law violations in furtherance of our border security mission,” said Director, Field Operations David P. Higgerson, Laredo Field Office. “We will continue to employ innovative methods to facilitate lawful commerce, including increased use of trusted traveler and trader programs like SENTRI, FAST, use of Ready Lanes and increased staffing during peak periods through reimbursable service agreements under Section 559 and Section 560.”
During FY 2015, CBP officers at eight ports of entry extending from Brownsville to Del Rio that comprise the Laredo Field Office facilitated the processing of 3 million commercial trucks, 56 million passengers and pedestrians, 20.3 million privately owned vehicles and 72,013 commercial buses. CBP officers in Laredo Field Office processed a total of $166 billion in imports in FY 2015.
CBP’s Laredo Field Office’s partnership under Section 560 with the South Texas Assets Consortium provides new or enhanced port processing services on a reimbursable basis and is one of five agreements CBP has entered into on a national basis.
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.