Tampa, Fla. (Aug. 18, 2014) –U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority (HCAA) today announced the launch of Automated Passport Control (APC) at Tampa International Airport. APC is an innovative, self-service kiosk that helps streamline the traveler inspection process and enables CBP to focus more on the inspection and less on administrative functions.
“CBP and Tampa International Airport have worked collaboratively to bring the Automated Passport Control kiosks to Tampa. These kiosks will enhance the international arrival experience in Tampa which serves as a gateway for foreign visitors into West Florida,” said Vernon Foret, CBP Miami Director of Field Operations. “CBP recognizes the importance of international travel and tourism to Florida and ultimately the nation’s economy.”
The APC self-service kiosks allow passengers to submit their declaration and biographic information electronically. The program requires no registration process or fee and is available to U.S. and Canadian citizens, as well as visitors from Visa Waiver countries. Visa Waiver country visitors must have Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel and have visited the United States on at least one occasion after 2008.
“Tampa International Airport is proud to be a part of the national effort to ease entry for travelers coming to the United States from other countries,” said airport CEO Joe Lopano. “Tourism is an important part of the economy throughout the country and in Florida in particular. Tampa International has long placed an emphasis on exemplary customer service, and the Automated Passport Control program fits right in with that. Making it easier and quicker to get through CBP creates a positive experience for all travelers and givers our international guests a great first impression of this country.”
APC is a key component of CBP’s overall Resource Optimization Strategy to maximize existing resources, identify staffing needs, and explore alternative funding sources to support identified staffing needs. CBP continues to improve its operational processes through automation, innovation, and private-public partnerships such as the APC deployment at Tampa International Airport.
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control, and protection of our Nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.