Landrieu: Port of New Orleans To Receive New CBP Offices to Expedite Passengers, Goods
Senator secured funding in FY14 Homeland Security Approps bill
WASHINGTON — The Chair of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., today announced that the Port of New Orleans will receive additional Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers to help speed the processing of passengers and cargo entering through the Port of New Orleans.
Last year, Sen. Landrieu led the effort to include funds in the FY2014 Homeland Security Appropriations bill to hire 2,000 new Customs and Border Protection officers for the country’s busiest air, land and sea ports of entry to expedite the flow of legitimate cargo and arriving passengers from overseas. While the specific number of law enforcement officers that the Port of New Orleans will receive is sensitive, CBP will meet with Port officials in the coming days to discuss their analysis and the methodology used in making its staffing determinations.
“We need secure ports that are efficient and convenient to keep trade, commerce and travel flowing. These additional CBP officers at the Port of New Orleans will allow the Port to process goods and screen visitors coming to enjoy our culture, conduct business and experience our hospitality faster,” Sen. Landrieu said. “For our economy to continue growing, we must make smart investments in our people and our infrastructure like today’s, and I will continue to lead this effort as chair of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee as Congress begins writing its appropriations bill for the next fiscal year.”
"The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans greatly appreciates Sen. Landrieu's support on this matter," said Gary LaGrange, President and CEO of the Port of New Orleans. "The additional CBP support will help in our efforts to attract new cruise ships and more passengers to the Port and provide for a more expeditious disembarkation process and enhanced security throughout the Port."