Hammond, La. - Customs and Border Protection is working diligently to resume normal operations in the Gulf Coast region ports of entry, to restart the flow of commercial goods and international passengers as quickly as possible in the area affected by Hurricane Isaac.
"All CBP components assigned to the Incident Command Post (ICP) are concentrating efforts in assisting affected employees and supporting business resumption activities critical to our border security, trade and travel facilitation mission," said Robert C. Gomez, Incident Commander.
As most port operations were ready for business August 30, CBP maintains close communication with the trade community to expedite business resumption once the U.S. Coast Guard clears the waterways.
Many roads are still closed due to the storm surge in the coastal areas. The slow-moving system left widespread flooding from New Orleans, throughout Mississippi and Alabama, as downed trees and power lines left more than 600,000
customers without electricity.
"We are working against the clock to ensure that our personnel, systems and infrastructure are business ready to effectively handle inquiries from the trade community as soon as possible," added Gomez.
While all CBP facilities in the region, besides the Port of Gramercy stand ready, the ICP in coordination with the port authority and the U.S. Coast Guard continue conducting damage assessments at the following CBP facilities: U.S. Customs House, the ports and sectors of New Orleans, Pascagoula, Gulfport, Baton Rouge, Gramercy, Morgan City, Lake Charles and Houma and Gulfport Marine Units.
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.