Marcelino Borges, Director of Field Operations for Puerto Rico and the USVI addresses federal agencies at the outreach event
WASHINGTON, USA -- In an effort to inform a wide audience on the complexities of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) operations in the US Virgin Islands, the San Juan Field Office delivered an outreach event on Monday in Washington, DC.
The event’s goal was to highlight the USVI’s unique trade environment and the authorities under which CBP operates in this part of the Caribbean.
"Our internal CBP stakeholders are not necessarily aware of the particularities of the US Virgin Islands," remarked Marcelino Borges, Director of Field Operations for Puerto Rico and the USVI. "Explaining how CBP operates in the USVI, statutory requirements, our history, and what challenges CBP faces in fulfilling its mission is essential to our future efforts to bring trade automation to the USVI."
Among the topics that were covered in the outreach included USVI customs legislative history, USVI customs laws, USVI unique federal provisions and the USVI trade automation initiative.
The USVI outreach event coincided with the celebration of the tenth anniversary of the National Caribbean American Heritage Month and was coordinated in partnership with CBP’s Privacy and Diversity Office.
During the activity, participants enjoyed light refreshments of select Caribbean food items and listened to authentic Caribbean music by a steel drums performer, who is a CBP officer in the USVI.
The activity celebrated the contributions of Caribbean Americans that have enriched the nation and strengthened every aspect of society, while also creating awareness of steps needed to create new opportunities for CBP’s trade mission in the USVI.