BROWARD COUNTY, FL - Beginning in mid-December, Broward County's Port Evergladeswill become one of only four seaports nationwide to participate in U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) new AQUA Lane (Advanced Qualified Unlading Approval) program to expedite cargo movement which saves time, money and increases supply chain velocity. 

The AQUA Lane program concept is a "fast lane" for containers. The program will allow C-TPAT qualified ocean carriers and terminal operators to apply for "Advanced Qualified Unlading Approval" a minimum of 24 hours prior to estimated arrival.  This amounts to allowing vessel cargoes to be "pre-cleared" by CBP 12 hours prior to estimated arrival, instead of having to wait for a CBP officer to board and clear the ship.  Expected benefits include allowing sea carriers to better predict unlading times for labor cost purposes, quicker turnaround time in port, and allowing CBP to better allocate resources and manpower as necessary.

Other seaports participating in the pilot include Baltimore, New Orleans and Oakland.

CBP unveiled the program to marine terminal operators and ships agents at Port Everglades during a recent meeting. For more information, please go to:

C-TPAT Home Page

C-TPAT Eligibility and Criteria

C-TPAT Application Steps

Eligibility Criteria - Marine Port Authority and Terminal Operators (MPTO)
C-TPAT Minimum Security Criteria - MPTO

About Port Everglades
At the crossroads of north-south and east-west trade, Broward County's Port Everglades is Florida's leading container port, handling more than one million TEUs (20-foot equivalent units, the industry standard measurement for container volumes) and serving as a gateway to Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Located within the cities of Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, and Dania Beach, Florida, Port Everglades is in the heart of one of the world's largest consumer regions, including a constant flow of visitors and up to a combined 110 million residents and seasonal visitors within a 500-mile radius. Port Everglades has direct access to the interstate highway system and the 43-acre Florida East Coast Railway (FECR)intermodal hub, and is closer to the Atlantic Shipping Lanes than any other Southeastern U.S. port. Ongoing capital improvements and expansion will ensure that Port Everglades can continue to handle future growth in container traffic. A world-class cargo handling facility, Port Everglades serves as an ideal point of entry and departure for products shipped around the world. 

More information about Broward County's Port Everglades is available at or by calling toll-free in the United States 1-800-421-0188 or

DATE: December 7, 2015
MEDIA CONTACT: Ellen Kennedy
Assistant Director 
Port Everglades Business Development Division/Communications 
PHONE: 954-468-3508; 954-868-0220 (cell)