U.S. Customs Begins Operation at Terminal in Red Hook

The Virgin Islands Port Authority completed construction of a temporary checkpoint area inside the Urman V. Fredericks Marine Terminal in Red Hook, St. Thomas. The checkpoint will be used by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents to clear ferries and passengers arriving from foreign ports.

This temporary facility will be a time-saving convenience for travelers and ferry operators who have been traveling to downtown Charlotte Amalie to clear Customs since the CBP facility on St. John was destroyed during the hurricanes last September.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents began clearing foreign arrival passenger ferries at the new checkpoint inside the Urman Fredericks Terminal in Red Hook the weekend of Aug. 4-5. The temporary operation begins just in time for the Monday, Aug. 6th festivities in the neighboring British Virgin Islands.

CBP agents will operate on a temporary schedule from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Aug. 4; they will operate from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Aug. 5-7. Normal daily operations will start from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Monday, Aug. 13.

Charter and private pleasure boats will continue to clear Customs at the Victor Sewer Marine Facility (The Creek) on St. John. The Virgin Islands Port Authority continues to work with CBP to facilitate travel and commerce for the territory.

For more information about CBP operations in the U.S. Virgin Islands, call 774-2510.