JAXPORT congratulates new Customs area director
October 23, 2012
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has promoted Assistant Area Port Director for Trade Douglas R. Straatsma to Area Port Director, Jacksonville, effective Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012.
In announcing the promotion, CBP officials said Straatsma’s more than 30 years of experience, professionalism and integrity make him ideally suited to lead the Jacksonville Office.
“CBP is an incredibly important and respected partner to JAXPORT,” said JAXPORT CEO Paul Anderson. “Doug and his staff work behind the scenes every minute to ensure cargo and people are moving safely and efficiently through the port. Safety is not negotiable and our incredible efficiency is what makes us so competitive. I am grateful for Doug’s continued support and join the many voices congratulating him on this well-deserved new role.
Straatsma joined the U.S. Customs Service (precursor to the CBP) in 1978 and has previously served as Customs Inspector at the Port of Detroit, one of the nation’s busiest land crossings. In his role as Assistant Port Director he has been responsible for oversight of all trade-related activities in the Area Port of Jacksonville (Jacksonville, Fernandina Beach, Panama City, St. Augustine and Pensacola).
CBP personnel are the face at the border for most cargo and visitors entering the United States. The Port of Jacksonville has an airport and seaport with both cruise ship and cargo processing responsibilities. CBP enforces the import and export laws and regulations of the U.S. federal government while also performing agriculture inspections to protect the USA from potential carriers of animal and plant pests or diseases that could cause serious damage to America's crops, livestock, pets, and the environment.
Straatsma replaces previous Area Port Director Richard Quinn, who is currently serving as CBP attaché in Rome, Italy.