The Customs and Quarantine Agency of Guam has established its long standing mission enforcing numerous local and federal laws as it related to passengers, cargo, and conveyance movements at Guam’s ports of entry.
Over the past several years however, the scope of our responsibilities have grown significantly as a result of new mandates enforced at our borders. This includes the recently enacted tobacco tax collections referred to as PL 26-03, the collection of fees on white goods via the Recycling Revolving Fund referred to as PL 27-38, the local trademark and copyright enforcement program referred to as PL 27-72, and more recently the merging of the Plant, Protection, and Quarantine Division referred to as PL 27-29.
In consideration of the multitude of laws and regulations we enforce at our borders, our goal to enhance and protect the quality of life for the people of Guam by:
- Preventing, detecting, and interdicting the importation of illicit narcotics.
- Protecting our flora and fauna from the introduction of injurious pests and diseases.
- Preventing the introduction and spread of quarantinable and communicable diseases.
- Reducing motor vehicular accidents through the enforcement of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and Federal Air Pollution Control Regulations on all imported vehicles.
- Enforcing substantive requirements relative to foreign and interstate commerce of firearms, ammunition and explosives.
- Generating government revenue through the assessment of the Use Tax and Tobbaco Tax, and collection of fees on the importations of white goods via the Recycling Revolving Fund.
- Recovering service costs through the collection of fees via the Customs, Agriculture, Quarantine Inspection Services Charge Program.
- Assessing fines against importers who violate statutory and regulatory provisions.
- Protecting legitimate business by enforcing copyright, patent, trademark, and Guam Product Seal regulations.
- Preventing, detecting, and interdicting the importation of harmful and deleterious foods and products.
- Deterring fraudulent and illicit activities in interstate commerce through the apprehension of violators for judicial prosecution.
- Controlling exports of commodities or technical data for the purpose of protecting national security, short supply and foreign policy.
- Providing assistance to other government law enforcement and regulatory agencies in the enforcement of local and federal rules, regulations, and laws.
As a border enforcement agency, we have the daunting task of providing public protection. Because Guam is positioned in the Pacific Rim and has direct travel routes to Japan, China, the Philippines, Korea, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia and the United States, we struggle to protect our borders. As Guam gains its status as an air and sea transportation hub, with burgeoning commerce activity, our responsibilities continue to grow.
The agency mission carries with it benefits to the public that are realized in many forms such as: Safer communities…through the enforcement of drug interdiction programs, public health regulations, firearms regulations and environmental health regulations.
- Safer and cleaner roadways…through the enforcement of motor vehicle safety standards inspections and vehicle emission regulations.
- Increased legitimate business…through the enforcement of counterfeit interdiction and trademark programs and anti-money laundering programs.
- Vigorous crops and health livestock…through the enforcement of agricultural inspection programs.
- Increased consumer protection…through the enforcement of the food and drug administration regulations.
- Wildlife enhancement…through the enforcement of fish and wildlife programs.