Seaboard Marine’s terminals at Miami and Houston recently became certified by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as part of its new Marine Port Terminal Operator (MPTO) designation, known as the AQUA Lane program. After inspectors had vetted our facilities at PortMiami and Houston, it was determined that Seaboard Marine met and, in many cases, exceeded the security standards required under the program.
The AQUA Lane program allows Seaboard Marine to apply for Advanced Qualified Unlading Approval to allow our vessels and its cargo to be pre-cleared by CBP before the ships arrival. Under AQUA Lane authority our PortMiami terminal and Jacintoport terminal in Houston can begin discharging and loading containers the moment the vessel reaches the terminal. In addition to Seaboard Marine’s Custom-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program certification for ocean transport, the terminals also earn itself the C-TPAT certification.
Richard Rodriguez, Vice President of Terminal Operations, said, “The AQUA designation adds yet another layer of speed and efficiency to an already expeditious terminal operation. In some instances, the preclearance will shave hours off our unloading, thereby generally expanding our window to load export containers, a unique convenience for our customers.”
Seaboard Marine’s AQUA Lane participation began in December 2016 at PortMiami. The participation at our Houston Jacintoport facility is scheduled to commence in January 2017.