FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. – The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officially opened a new office in the Friday Harbor Airport on June 1. This new office will provide the general aviation community more convenient and cost-effective services for travelers entering the United States via Friday Harbor by air.
CBP celebrated the opening of the office with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Friday Harbor Airport. CBP, port commissioners, local council members and local community members were in attendance.
The new office, located in the terminal at 800 Franklin Dr. will allow travelers to arrive and be processed by an officer for an hour and a half in the morning as well as an hour and a half in the afternoon/evening. Once the exact times of service are set they will be posted on CBP.gov. Officers will continue to process general aviation flights outside the set office hours and the one hour advance notification requirement remains the same for all flights.
“The new CBP General Aviation Facility at the Friday Harbor Airport terminal serves as a prime example of our excellent partnership with stakeholders in the community. It will provide the public with enhanced customer service and an improved infrastructure for CBP officers that are carrying out inspections,” said Sumas Area Port Director J. Rene Ortega. “It is gratifying to see how this endeavor of several years and mutual objective has come to fruition.”
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 approximately 500 general aviation flights into the United States each year.
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.