Broward County’s Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) launches the new U.S. CBP (Customs and Border Protection) approved MPC (Mobile Passport Control) program for cruise ship travel starting today, November 4, making it the first United States' seaport to use the brand new Smartphone technology.
The MPC program is currently in use at a number of airports across the country, including Broward County’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), and has been highly anticipated for use at cruise ports.
The MPC program is the first Smartphone app authorized to expedite a traveler’s entry process into the United States. This first-of-its-kind app, developed by Airside Mobile and Airports Council International-North America in partnerships with CBP, allows U.S. citizens with a passport debarking a cruise ship to complete their Customs declaration using their smart phones or other mobile devices, expediting their clearance process in the terminal. It is currently available for iOS phones and is expected to be available for Android phones later this month.
“Port Everglades purchased the required equipment earlier this summer in anticipation of the MPC program’s approval by CBP, and we are now the first and only seaport to offer this app.” said Steven Cernak, Port Everglades Chief Executive & Port Director.
“An added bonus is that MPC will be in service in time for the arrivals of Royal Caribbean Line’s Harmony of the Seas and Holland America Line’s ms Koningsdam. Mobile Passport Control is another feature that will help us enhance the cruise guest experience.”
Travelers and family groups can use the MPC app to provide their biographic information prior to speaking with a CBP officer. The CBP officer is then able to complete the identity verification and admissibility processing of arriving passengers.
Port Everglades has participated in CBP’s Global Entry program since summer 2015, giving preferential processing to those guests who are Global Entry card holders. Port Everglades also recently completed pilot testing of the Automated Passport Control (APC) kiosks in two of its cruise terminals, another CBP initiative to streamline the traveler inspection process.
“Though our partnership with Port Everglades, we have worked together to bring new technology and procedures to the cruise ship processing environment,” said Jorge Roig, CBP Port Director, Port Everglades.
“The addition of the Mobile Passport App and Automated Passport Control Kiosk to the cruise ship environment will bring added benefits to all those that utilize the program and will assist CBP in the completion of its mission of keeping maritime travel safe.”
Source: Port Everglades