United States Customs
Protection (CBP) Commissioner Ralph Basham announced
today that CBP
personnel will be stationed at the Ports of Barcelona and Valencia to work
with their Spanish counterparts in targeting and prescreening cargo
containers destined for the U.S. The deployment is part of CBP's Container
Security Initiative (CSI).
"This represents a major step forward for the protection of global
commerce," said Commissioner Basham. "It also represents a step forward for
trade facilitation. Our goal is to protect and promote the movement of
In addition to the ports of Barcelona and Valencia, CBP has officers
stationed in Algeciras to target and prescreen cargo containers destined
for the United States. CBP's cooperative efforts with the Spanish Customs
officials at the port of Algeciras began on July 30, 2004.