CBP Supports Tanker Operations in New York-New Jersey Area
NEW YORK—U.S. Customs and Border Protection is processing much needed fuel tankers today as recovery efforts are underway throughout the New York City area.
"The demonstrated resiliency by the people of New York and New Jersey is represented through the men and women of CBP and our partners who are working hard to get this area back to business as usual," said Robert E. Perez, CBP's Lead Field Coordinator for CBP in FEMA Region II. "The processing of the fuel tankers through the Port of New York/Newark is another significant step forward in the recovery following Hurricane Sandy's devastation."
CBP personnel are on site today processing 169 expected international flights with approximately 34,000 passengers at JFK and 94 expected international flights with approximately 15,000 passengers at Newark International Airport.
To facilitate the flow of gasoline into the New York area, CBP officers conducted immigration checks of tanker crews this morning, which allowed the crew to fill the gas tanks in the Port of New York/Newark seaport.
CBP is working closely with the Coast Guard and the Port Authority as officials begin to lift waterway restrictions and open marine terminals to cargo vessels. Officers are on site and ready to process shipments as soon as cargo is off loaded.
CBP ports of entry throughout the Buffalo Field Office are processing relief workers assisting in the recovery efforts as well. CBP officers at the Champlain, N.Y., port of entry today processed relief workers headed to Long Island to assist in restoring electrical power to the many communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy. A dedicated lane was set aside at the port of entry to facilitate their entry.
To further assist in recovery efforts, CBP officials in Maine and Vermont have been working with local, state, federal and international partners in facilitating the processing of emergency utility personnel and their trucks as they head to the Mid-Atlantic states and other impacted areas.
As always, CBP urges residents in the impacted area to continue to follow FEMA and their state Emergency Management Agencies for continuing safety and recovery messages, and disaster assistance.
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Members of the trade community should continue to monitor CBP.gov for updates on port operations and on CBP's efforts to minimize disruptions.
Airline and cruise ship passengers are encouraged to check their carrier's website or travel agents for more information.
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.