Good morning, everyone – and thank you, Jerry, for that gracious introduction. It’s great to be back in Florida, where, as many of you may know, I started my career in law enforcement.
Next month will mark my first anniversary as Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Over this past year, I have traveled around the country and the world, seeing first-hand how integral CBP is to our nation’s economic health and vitality, and the safety and security of the global supply chain.
In (fiscal year) 2014, CBP processed more than $2.4 trillion in trade, and approximately 26 million cargo containers, both of which are increases of about 4 percent over 2013. We must continue to transform and modernize our operations to meet these needs, and the predicted growth over the coming years.