WASHINGTON—Commissioner Kerlikowske began meetings today on his trip to Brussels and The Hague, Netherlands. During his trip he will meet with his counterparts from the B5 countries of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. He will also participate in the Opening of the 125th/126th World Customs Organization Council Meeting where elections will take place for the upcoming term. While in Brussels, Commissioner Kerlikowske will sign a Cooperation Agenda with the Canada Border Services Agency President, Luc Portelance. Commissioner Kerlikowske will also visit The Hague where he will meet with the Director of Europol, Rob Wainwright, and participate in a law enforcement working group.
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.