Guam – Limited resources at our borders is not the only concern as Director Jim Mcdonald shared that the man power at the Guam Customs and Quarantine is also lacking resulting in challenging times for the agency.
This morning, just hours before Director Jim Mcdonald was set to appear for a public hearing before the legislature he shared his concerns his agency faces which has had a direct impact on the level of security at our borders.
When asked should the public be worried that the shortage of personnel means that your not able to inspect everything that comes into our ports?
“Of course Patti you know because Guam is the tip of the spear for the entire country and of course we want to protect the people of Guam from all types of threats,” responded Mcdonald.
While Customs is working closely with the administration and new recruits are in the process of completing their cycle, at this time gaps and vulnerabilities remain as a result of the personnel shortage.
In fact, Mcdonald told NewsTalk K57 host Patti Arroyo that with the challenges facing the agency, a lot of Customs agents are seeking greener pastures within federal agencies, resulting in the customs inspections being compromised.
“Yes some of the containers that have been coming in Patti of course has been compromised because the resources we have we need to have better smart technology and that why we signed this MOU with the Coast Guard so that we can have advanced manage systems in place because there is no way patti that we can inspect every conatiner that comes in the Port,” said the Director.
According to Mcdonald they are only able to inspect 30 to 40 containers out of every 100 coming into the island.
He further confirmed that 60 to 70 percent of the containers coming into the island may not even be opened for inspection.