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Acting general manager at the Port of Port-
of-Spain Sharon Mark says port officials do
not see the contents of shipping containers
when they arrive at the port.
When the containers arrive at the port, their
responsibility is to keep the containers safe until
they are loaded onto the cargo vessels, she
She said the filling and sealing of containers
were supposed to be done in the presence of
Customs officials at the businesses which were
exporting the cargo.
Mark made the comments yesterday, as vis-
iting Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
officials, working alongside local law enforcement
authorities, continued their probe into how a
$644 million cargo of cocaine left these shores
undetected and made its way to Virginia, USA.
She was joined by Ricardo Gonzales, manager
of container operations, and acting superin-
tendent Kelvin Birch during the interview with
the T&T Guardian at the port s administration
building, Dock Road, Port-of-Spain.
DEA officials arrived in T&T earlier this week
to tie up loose ends in their investigations, after
the illegal cargo was seized at a port in Norfolk,
Virginia, on December 20. The cargo left the
Port-of-Spain port on November 17. (See chart
Asked whether the Port of Port-of-Spain
was assisting the DEA with its investigation,
Birch said: "So far, the foreigners have not
approached the port."
He said if they did, "certainly we would sup-
port them, we would co-operate with them in
dealing with this issue."
Asked whether the port examines any con-
tainers entering the port, Gonzales said: "That
is not our jurisdiction, we are the custodian of
"The request for shipping of the cargo lies
with Customs," he said.
"The Customs give approval, we receive the
container intact, and we secure the container
on the confines of the port. If, for some reason,
the container gets open, that is where our secu-
rity comes in and do an investigation with the
assistance of the Customs department."
Explaining what happens to the container
after being filled with goods at a business loca-
tion, Gonzales says the broker processes the
customs documents and once processed, it
leaves the business location with the customs
document and goes to the port.
"Once the container comes to the port that
means it would have got all its approval from
customs in a sealed status," he said.
"We weigh the container, we verify all customs
approval have been given, all shipping agent
approval have been given, and once we receive
that, we accept the container into the port, it s
located in a designated area, and given the port
of discharge in association with the various
shipping lines and their services."
Outlining the role of the port s security when
a container arrives at the port, Birch said: "The
interaction we would have is when they come
with the shipping documents to ensure that it
is the right container number, the seal number
when we inspect it, is to ensure that it is correct
and the right hauler-truck and trailer is on the
documents to move the container, the shipping
documents would (already) have customs
"The shipping agent would make the booking,
they would cut a bill of lading, which is the
shipping document that would go to Customs
for stamping okay to ship."
Port boss on container protocol:
There was an error in the story on
Prof Norman Girvan on Page A10 of
yesterday s Guardian. Prof Girvan was
in Dominica vacationing with his family
when he was injured in a fall and was
subsequently airlifted to Martinique for
medical treatment. Our apologies to the
Girvan family and to readers.
Getting it right
Customs' job to make key checks
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