PHOENIX, Arizona—U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske participated in a meeting today with approximately 30 members of the Phoenix business community. Discussion focused on CBP trade facilitation and enforcement policy and programs as well as topics specific to trade across the Arizona-Mexico border. Commissioner Kerlikowske highlighted the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (TFTEA) signed into law in February 2016 as a significant legislative milestone for CBP and also the trade community.
Discussion also included local topics including the movement of cargo via railway which is currently processed in Arizona at the Port of Nogales. Commissioner Kerlikowske explained that this port is currently the only location in Arizona that processes international rail shipments and was recently upgraded to provide enhanced officer safety, improved enforcement capabilities and increased facilitation capacity. Other topics discussed included the modernization of local ports of entry, the potential of additional international flights at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, and corresponding staffing needs. In response to the local staffing needs, CBP will continue to work with air carriers to optimize travelers overall experience and will be focusing on hiring for CBP Officers in Phoenix to bring up staffing at area ports of entry, including Douglas, Nogales, Lukeville, and San Luis.
This event was facilitated by the Arizona-Mexico Commission and the Arizona Chamber in Phoenix, Arizona.
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.