U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued a final rule that, effective May 11, will extend the geographical limits of the port of entry of Savannah, Ga.

Ports of entry are locations where CBP officers and employees are assigned to accept entries of merchandise, clear passengers, collect duties, and enforce the various provisions of customs, immigration, agriculture, and related U.S. laws. However, much of the Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport, distribution centers and cold storage agricultural facilities that support the Savannah seaport, and almost all of the region’s remaining undeveloped properties that could be used for trade-related facilities (e.g., a new ship terminal with two berths for container ships and bonded warehouses) are outside the existing boundaries of the Savannah port of entry.

CBP is therefore extending the boundaries of this port of entry to include the majority of Chatham County, Ga., as well as small portions of Jasper County, S.C., and Effingham County, Ga., which will allow CBP to provide uniform and continuous service to the extended area and respond to the needs of the trade and travel communities. CBP notes that this expansion will not result in a change in the service provided to the public by the port and will not require a change in the port’s staffing or workload.

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