Sandy, the super storm, is bearing down on the northeast coast and U. S. Customs and Border Protection is prepared to ensure that passengers and cargo are processed safely despite the historic weather conditions.
"U.S. Customs and Border Protection is prepared to safely handle the impacts and consequences of this storm," said Mr. Robert E. Perez, Lead Field Coordinator Region II. "We will resume normal port operations once the storm has passed and safe conditions exist," said Perez.
Due to the expected flooding in and around marine terminals in the New York and Newark area, all ports will be closed until further notice.
In the Boston area, all airports, land and seaports are currently operational. A limited number of international flights to and from Logan International Airport were being processed today but many international flights have been cancelled due to wind conditions worsening.
Currently in the Washington, D.C., region, Dulles International Airport had only four international flights that have not yet cancelled their normal arrivals for Monday. All other flights at Dulles have either been cancelled or delayed by more than 24 hours. The four remaining flights are from All Nippon Airways, Korean Air, United Emirates Airlines, and Aeroflot. All airports within the Baltimore area remain open and are expected to remain open throughout the storm despite the high number of cancelled flights.
CBP processes about $2 trillion in legitimate trade every year while enforcing U.S. trade laws that protect the economy, the health and the safety of the American people.
CBP is working with members of the trade community, and our federal, state and local partners to limit any effects Sandy may have on our nation's security, and trade and travel as the storm makes landfall in the East coast.
CBP is urging the traveling public to monitor local media and forecasts from the National Weather Service and listen for guidance from local authorities. Information on how to prepare for disaster can be found at ready.gov.
Members of the trade community should monitor cbp.gov for updates on CBP's efforts to ensure that any disruptions are minimized. The traveling public can find updates on the status of CBP operations at various ports of entry on the site as the storm progresses.
Airline and cruise ship passengers should check with their travel agent or their airline's and cruise line's websites for flight and cruise delays or cancellations.
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.