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 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.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.