New York - In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy's devastating assault on New York and New Jersey, CBP's New York Field Office is processing hundreds of international flights scheduled to arrive today at JFK and Newark International Airport.
"Two days after the super storm shut down trade and travel, CBP personnel are back on duty, exhibiting their individual resiliency and doing their part in the region's recovery," said Robert E. Perez, CBP's Lead Field Coordinator for CBP in FEMA Region II. "By processing thousands of international travelers and preparing for the seaports to open, CBP personnel are re-establishing the region's vital connection to the global economy."
CBP personnel are on site today processing 170 expected international flights with approximately 35,000 passengers at JFK, and 99 expected international flights with approximately 15,000 passengers at Newark International Airport.
CBP will begin processing cargo and cruise ships as soon as the U.S. Coast Guard lifts waterway restrictions, and marine terminals are deemed safe and operational.
As always, CBP urges residents in the impacted area to continue to follow FEMA and their state Emergency Management Agencies for continuing safety and recovery messages, and disaster assistance.
Members of the trade community should continue to monitor CBP's website for updates on port operations and on CBP's efforts to minimize disruptions.
Airline and cruise ship passengers are encouraged to check their carrier's website or travel agents for more information.
Please visit CBP's website for continuing updates of CBP response and business resumption efforts following Hurricane Sandy.
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.