The American Association of Port Authorities (PA) declared that the chief executives of the Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) and the Port of Hueneme north of Los Angeles met with the Republican members of the congressional committee in charge of homeland security to address shortfalls in carrying out its inspection mission.
According to the PA, the CBP is short 1,400 customs officers, resulting in delays for inspecting cargo and adding to congestion issues.
The PA declared that Congress should block requests for new CBP facilities at ports until a report on the needs of customs officers is submitted.
The CBP had 25,756 officers in fiscal 2020, up from 24,511 the prior year. Officers inspected 77,895 truck, rail, and ocean containers per day in 2020, down from 78,703 per day in fiscal 2019.