NORFOLK VA— This year Customs and Border Protection will celebrate the 230th birthday of the U.S. Customs Service and the important role it played in the history of our Nation. Prior to the Income Tax Act of 1913, revenue from U.S. Customs Service was virtually the only source of income for the government, funding the purchase of the Louisiana Territory, Florida, the Oregon Territory, Alaska, the U.S. military academies, and the city of Washington, DC.
After the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the U.S. Customs Service transitioned into the nation’s first comprehensive border security agency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Since the formation of CBP in 2003, Customs has remained an integral part of our heritage and a significant presence in the continuation of our mission. The story of the U.S. Customs Service is primarily the story of its people during the past 230 years and the foundation on which the United States was built.
To celebrate the 230th birthday of U.S. Customs, the Port of Norfolk will be opening up the main hallway to the Norfolk Custom house for limited viewing on July 26th from 9am to 1pm. This section of the Customhouse has not been opened to the general public for decades. In addition there will be displays through the hallway celebrating the successes of the employees in the Port of Norfolk and its significant history to U.S. Customs and the legacy of the Norfolk Customhouse
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security, charged with the management, control, and protection of U.S. borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.