SINGAPORE— U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske traveled to Singapore last week where he led the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) delegation to the second U.S.–Singapore Law Enforcement Homeland Security & Safety Cooperation Dialogue. Dialogue participants included Singapore Customs, the Singapore Police Force, and the Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA). A range of law enforcement and trade priorities were discussed over the day and half meeting.
As part of the Dialogue, Commissioner Kerlikowske met with Ministry of Home Affairs Deputy Secretary Raja Kumar to discuss trade issues including air cargo and maritime container security. Commissioner Kerlikowske also participated in several meetings with his counterparts to advance strategic CBP trade and travel initiatives.
In December 2014, Commissioner Kerlikowske signed three agreements on behalf of the U.S. government with Singapore—the U.S.-Singapore Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement (CMAA), the Mutual Recognition Arrangement-Trusted Trader Programs and a joint statement on Trusted Traveler/Global Entry Program. The CMAA has already contributed greatly to U.S.-Singapore customs information sharing/collaboration.
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.