Man power to blame for Custom’s Inspections being compromised

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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.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.