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Vision revealed for Customs inspection facility at Port

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Administration officials announced the proposed construction of a major new Customs inspection facility at the Port. They've identified a sprawling four-acre lot to build on, but the rest of the details are still in the works.

The big announcement came at Adelup for a new Customs satellite inspection, holding and secured sterile facility right on Port property.

"Identifying the property is a prerequisite of us moving forward," Customs and Quarantine Director Ike Peredo said. "And that in of itself we have already met with USDA, Mr. Joe Diego, and he has mentioned to me that he has some type of funding that he can provide our agency in trying to meet and build this facility."

He acknowledged though they still have to apply, and they're not sure how much the facility will cost, or where all of the money will come from.

But officials including Lt.Gov. Josh Tenorio were careful to say they will exhaust all potential grants and free money before turning to ratepayers to cover it.

"You know, we're very careful about fees, and the impact to the community," he said. "Our partners in the airlines for example, and our partners at the port. So I think we'll have a good transparent planning process in order for us to make the best deal that makes the best financial sense."

Officials also reassured that consolidating the inspections at a single facility in the port would not create a chokepoint or delays in cargo container throughput. The director also estimates he would need to hire an additional 16 personnel for the facility, even though it would be equipped with new state of the art X-ray technology.

Separately, officials also confirm that a mobile X-ray inspection machine which has been down since last year is still awaiting a part so it can be repaired.

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