SAVANNAH, GA, USA – On Dec. 15, World Trade Center Savannah hosted Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske, Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), appointed by the President of the United States. Guests came from all over the U. S. to hear Commissioner Kerlikowske speak about the mission of CBP – to keep terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S. while facilitating lawful international trade and travel.
“There’s no better place to talk about what we do than right here in Savannah,” said Kerlikowske in an interview with Savannah Morning News. “The Port of Savannah is incredibly important to the nation’s economy. If not for this port, lots of places would have a tough time getting what they need.”
Commissioner Kerlikowske touched on other topics including drug smuggling and the agency’s new Automated Commercial Environment, a system for reporting import and export activity, scheduled to become the main system in the beginning of 2017.
“We are looking at ACE to help streamline and automate manual processes, eliminating paperwork and helping the trade community more easily and efficiently comply with U.S. laws and regulations,” Kerlikowske said.
“That’s especially important when you consider that CBP represents 46 different agencies at 348 U.S. ports of entry,” he said. “The ability to consolidate information into one computer system is huge — not only for us but for all our stakeholders.”
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Pictured above from left to right: Stephen Green, Chairman of the Savannah Economic Development Authority, Commissioner Kerlikowske, Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Trip Tollison, President and CEO of the Savannah Economic Development Authority and World Trade Center Savannah
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