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Senator Nelson Reviewing Quality of Cargo Inspection at Port Authority

Senator Telena Cruz Nelson sent a Freedom of Information Act request to the Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency (GCQA) on Wednesday asking for details on the quality and frequency of cargo inspections at the Port Authority of Guam.

The information requested will help determine the amount of cargo inspections conducted, K9 unit handlers employed and responsible for cargo inspections, and the detailed informational reports that describe the contents in incoming cargo containerships.

Senator Nelson requested the following from GCQA, specifically:

· Cargo throughput inspection schedule: per day, per month, and per year;

· Staffing pattern: K9 unit handlers for Fiscal Years 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020;

· Customs Fines and Penalties Revolving Fund status: manifest information for all incoming cargo containership prior to Guam’s ports of entry.

“This will help provide us the information we need to discern whether our cargo inspections at our island’s ports of entry are efficient and effective enough to prevent the importation of invasive species and drugs,” Senator Nelson said. “We want to work with our Customs and Quarantine Agency to ensure they have the necessary resources to improve their inspection processes and so that they have the tools they need to protect our island community.”

For more information, please contact Tihu Lujan at The Office of Senator

Telena Cruz Nelson at (671) 989-7696 or


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