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CBP Chief Confirmed

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Airforwarders Hail Confirmation of CBP Chief 
For Immediate Release:  March 7, 2014   
(WASHINGTON) - The Airforwarders Association, representing more than 350 companies dedicated to moving cargo throughout the supply chain, today welcomed the U.S. Senate's approval of R. Gil Kerlikowske to head Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

The Senate voted by unanimous consent on Thursday to confirm Kerlikowske, a career law enforcement official who had served since 2009 as director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

"As a vitally important component of our nation's homeland security framework, CBP is critical to meeting the twin challenges of keeping America safe while ensuring the robust flow of international commerce to keep our economy strong," said Brandon Fried, the AfA's Executive Director.

"To help meet these goals, the AfA works closely and cooperatively with CBP on a number of issues, most particularly the refinement and implementation of the Air Cargo Advanced Screening initiative, and we are delighted that the agency again has permanent leadership," said Fried. "We look forward to working with Commissioner Kerlikowske."    

About the Airforwarders Association

The Airforwarders Association (AfA) represents more than 350 member companies dedicated to moving cargo throughout the supply chain. The association's members range from small businesses with fewer than 20 employees to large companies employing more than 1,000 people and business models varying from domestic to worldwide freight forwarding operations. In short, they are the travel agents for freight shipments, moving cargo in the timeliest and most cost efficient manner whether it is carried on aircraft, truck, rail or ship. For more information, visit the association's website at

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