Office Meets Functionality and Processing Goals
FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. – The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will officially open the newly relocated Friday Harbor Port of Entry (POE) facility on October 5. This new facility provides more convenient and centralized services for travelers entering the United States via Friday Harbor by air, land or sea.
The new, larger facility, located at 100 1st Street, will allow CBP officers to more efficiently and effectively process the more than 37,000 individuals that come into the United States via this port. CBP employees conduct a variety of activities at this office including cargo importations; processing individuals for trusted traveler programs; importation of personal boats, vehicles and other merchandise; and screening of arriving cargo and passengers.
“Friday Harbor’s new office ensures CBP can carry out its functions and serve our community,” said Blaine Area Port Director Gregory Alvarez. “It enhances our ability to ensure the flow of legitimate international travel while safeguarding the homeland from threats abroad.”
CBP has a long history at Friday Harbor. The POE was first established in 1883 and a full-time inspector was assigned to the office in 1900. Today, the Friday Harbor CBP office processes 8,000+ small vessels into the United States each year, more than the rest of the country combined. The Friday Harbor Port of Entry was previously located at port. The newly-leased space is managed by the U.S. General Services Administration on behalf of CBP.
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.