Exporter lacked specific license required for shipment
HOUSTON – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Galveston seaport seized two military trucks set to be exported without the appropriate license, Sept. 16.
The two military trucks, which were shipped separately, were enroute to Guatemala.
CBP officers encountered a 1999 Stewart Stevenson military truck while conducting vehicle examinations scheduled for export. When officers searched for the required export license, information retrieved identified that the export license was not available. The exporter later admitted a license was not issued for the vehicle’s export.
The second vehicle, a 1990 BMY M931A2 military truck, was also encountered at the Port of Galveston seaport set to be exported. When CBP officers checked for the required export license, it was also not available. The exporter admitted the shipment did not include a license to export the vehicle.
“CBP is the last line of defense in the export control process,” said CBP Port Director Dave Fluty. “Recognizing the significance of our role, we take every opportunity to use our authority to inspect, search, detain and seize goods set to be exported illegally or without the proper authorizations.”
When we identify shipments set for illegal export or without the appropriate authorizations, we work with the trade industry in an effort to resolve legitimate errors and we also work with various federal, state and local law enforcement authorities to ensure unauthorized or illegal exports are seized and disposed of in the proper manner,” Fluty said.
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.