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Customs Begins Inspections at Fargo Jet Center
June 7, 2005

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Washington, DC - The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency will begin customs inspections at the Fargo Jet Center today, Congressman Earl Pomeroy announced. The agreement to resume inspections, reached in early April, is the result of months of negotiations between Pomeroy, community leaders, and U.S. Customs officials.

"Inspections will resume at the Fargo Jet Center today, allowing the facility to continue to provide top-notch service to residents and visitors to Fargo-Moorhead." Pomeroy said. "Customs inspections at this facility will make it easier for international travelers to access the community. Fargo-Moorhead will continue to grow in the coming years, making the availability of transportation options more critical to our economic development efforts than ever."

"This is great news for Hector International Airport," said Shawn Dobberstein, Director of the Fargo Airport Authority. "Having an inspection facility at the Fargo Jet Center will allow us to best serve those visiting our community and help attract new business to the airport. I am thankful to Congressman Pomeroy and the Fargo community leaders for their work in helping us reach this breakthrough."

Effective immediately, the Customs and Border Protection agency will operate a customs inspection service at the Fargo Jet Center. The Customs agents at the new office will provide on-site inspections, allowing for a safer and faster inspections process. In addition, the Customs and Border Protection agency has already reinstated past practices permitting inspections at Fargo Aero Tech, which is located near the existing Customs office.

In November 2004, Customs officials announced that they would no longer provide inspections of international aircraft at locations around the airport. This forced aircraft to stop at the Customs and Border Protection office on the south side of the airport in order to receive a customs screening, a process which caused significant delays and loss of business at the airport.

Fargo Customs agents also provide services at area trucking facilities and rail facilities in both Cass County and Clay County of Minnesota.


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