Combat-like vehicle features .50-caliber gun mount
HOUSTON – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Port of Houston seaport seized a 1991 Fast Attack Vehicle with gun mount, May 11, set to be exported to the Netherlands.
Under the U.S. Munitions List, vehicles containing gun mounts require an export license.
During their examination of the vehicle, CBP officers at the Port of Houston checked the vehicle’s identification number and noted that it required a license for export because of its gun mount.
“CBP is the last line of defense in the export control process; therefore we carefully inspect, search and when necessary detain and seize goods being exported without the proper authorizations,” said CBP Port Director Dave Fluty. “We work with various federal, state and local law enforcement authorities during the course of operations to ensure unauthorized and illegal exports do not occur.”
The exporter previously attempted to export the same black 1991 vehicle from Los Angeles in 2012 without an export license. Export licenses for these types of shipments are obtained through Department of Commerce.
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.