Additional U.S. Customs Officers Expected to Boost Cargo Security At Houston's Port

HOUSTON, Sept. 13, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- The Port of Houston Authority (PHA) today welcomed the U.S. Senate's recent 97-0 vote approving an amendment to the Port Security Improvement Act of 2006 that will provide an additional 275 Customs and Border...

The Port of Houston Authority owns and operates the public facilities located along the Port of Houston, the 25-mile long complex of diversified public and private facilities designed for handling general cargo, containers, grain and other dry bulk materials, project and heavy lift cargo, and other types of cargo. Each year, more than 6,600 vessels call at the port, which ranks first in the U.S. in foreign waterborne tonnage, second in overall total tonnage, and 10th largest in the world. The PHA plays a vital role in ensuring navigational safety along the Houston Ship Channel, which has been instrumental in Houston's development as a center of international trade. The Barbours Cut Container Terminal and Central Maintenance Facility are the first of any U.S. port facilities to develop and implement an innovative Environmental Management System that meets the rigorous standards of ISO 14001. Additionally, the port is an approved delivery point for Coffee "C" futures contracts traded on the New York Board of Trade's Coffee, Sugar & Cocoa Exchange. For more information, please visit

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CONTACT: The Port of Houston Authority Argentina M. James, Director of Public Affairs (713) 670-2568 Cell: (713) 306-6822 Felicia Griffin, Communications Manager (713) 670-2644 Cell: (713) 594-5620

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