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CBP Welcomes the MS Hamburg to the Port of Cleveland

Release Date: 
October 3, 2018

CLEVELAND— U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers welcomed passenger vessel MS Hamburg to the Cleveland port of entry last week. Officers and Agricultural specialists were onsite to provide passengers a secure and streamlined arrival process during their first disembarkment at the port.

CBP Officer Cory McDowell reviews a passport of an international passenger.
CBP Officer Cory McDowell reviews a
passport of an international passenger.
Officers at the Port of Cleveland are on
hand to welcome arriving passengers and
to screen cargo for restricted and
prohibited items.

“CBP is dedicated to ensuring the safety of US citizens and the safety of the traveling public,” said Cleveland Assistant Area Port Director Eugene Matho. “As more international travelers choose to come through the Cleveland port of entry, we have expanded our air and sea traveler technologies through initiatives such as Trusted Traveler Programs, biometrics, and automated forms collections. Our goal is to create a secure, efficient, and straightforward traveling experience.”

The MS Hamburg, a 170-crew luxury vessel, is currently the largest cruise ship in the Great Lakes. Most of its 420 passengers come from Germany to tour the northern Ohio coastline and enjoy the local culture.

This year two other cruise ships, the Victory I and Victory II from Canada, made entry at Cleveland more than a dozen times. In order to facilitate the increased interest in cruise tourism at this location, the Cleveland Seaport Authority is currently working with CBP to build a cruise ship terminal that will enable shorter wait times and enhanced inspection services in a permanent facility.

CBP conducts operations at ports of entry throughout the United States, and regularly screens arriving international passengers and cargo for narcotics, weapons, and other restricted or prohibited products. CBP strives to serve as the premier law enforcement agency enhancing the nation’s safety, security, and prosperity through collaboration, innovation, and integration.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021