Customs Reauthorization: Strengthening U.S. Economic Interests and Security, Hearing Before the Committee on Finance, United States Senate, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session, March 13, 2008   [open pdf - 7MB]

From the opening statement of Max Baucus: "Today, America's imports are $2 trillion a year and the annual duties collected on these goods bring in almost $30 billion. Today, in addition to protecting our economic interests, our Customs agencies also secure our borders. These responsibilities are shared between two agencies, Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Consider the jobs that Customs agents will do in the next 24 hours. In that short period, our Customs officials will process 1.13 million passengers and pedestrians into or out of our country; they will handle more than 70,000 truck, rail, and sea containers--that is just 24 hours--and they will approve for entry nearly 83,000 shipments of goods. During that 24 hours they will arrest 70 people at our ports of entry; they will seize 2,250 pounds of narcotics and more than $650,000 worth of counterfeit goods; they will confiscate more than 4,000 meat or plant materials; and they will identify and destroy 164 agricultural pests." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Max Baucus, Samuel H. Banks, Charlene N. Stocker, Greg P. Brown, and Antoinette M. Tease.

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S. Hrg. 110-1020; Senate Hearing 110-1020
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