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U.S. House of Representatives Staff Visit CBP Baltimore

Release Date: 
April 16, 2012

Baltimore- Approximately twenty staff members from the U.S. House of Representatives, including staff from the Committee on Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee, visited the Port of Baltimore on Wednesday, April 11.

Baltimore CBP Officer Ed Williams explains the Large Scale Imaging System (background) and the non-intrusive inspection process to U.S. House of Representatives staff.

Baltimore CBP Officer Ed Williams explains the Large Scale Imaging System (background) and the non-intrusive inspection process to U.S. House of Representatives staff.

The group, consisting of Trade Counsel, International Trade Policy Fellows, Senior Policy and Legislative Advisors, Professional Staff, and Legislative Assistants arrived at the Customs House in Baltimore and were given an overview of Port operations by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Director of Field Operations for the Baltimore Field Office Michael Lovejoy and Acting Port Director for Baltimore Frances B. Garcia.

Also in attendance were Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations Group Supervisor Jeff Ryan and Scot Ballman of the Intellectual Property Rights Center in Arlington, Va. They provided an overview of CBP and HSI's working relationship and the work that is being done to stem commercial fraud and intellectual property rights violations.

The visit also included a comprehensive overview of the trade operations process from CBP entry specialists, import specialists, and agriculture specialists as well as a trip to the Baltimore seaport to see CBP officers in action.

"We were happy to host this important group," said DFO Michael Lovejoy, "and provide a tour of operations here in Baltimore as well as highlight the productive working relationship we have with our sister agency ICE-HSI."

The Committee on Ways and Means is the oldest committee of the United States Congress. The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Trade includes budget authorizations for the customs revenue functions of the Department of Homeland Security and all matters related to import and export trade policy.

For more on the Committee on Ways and Means, please visit the attached website for more information. (Committee on Ways and Means)

The Port of Baltimore encompasses airport and seaport operations. It is the number one seaport in the U.S. for roll-on /roll-off cargo and imported forest products, imported gypsum, and imported sugar. It is ranked number two in the U.S. for imported aluminum. It also has the fifth highest amount of cruise passengers among east coast ports.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017