Edward T. Moriarty, Assistant Area Port Director (ret), U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Philadelphia, will be honored at this year’s Spirit of the Port luncheon as an individual who embodies the spirit and humanity of our regional port community.
Thursday, February 29, 2024
Reception and Registration 11:30 am
Luncheon 12:30 pm
Auletto Caterers
1849 Cooper Street, Almonesson, New Jersey

Ed has been a part of the greater Philadelphia trade community for the past 17+ years as part of a distinguished 32-year career with U. S. Customs and Border Protection.

In 2005 he accepted a new challenge and transferred from Washington D.C. to Philadelphia, a decision that brought him and his family back to his hometown.  Back then, the greater Area Port of Philadelphia had 6 commodities with import values over $1 billion (mineral fuels, chemicals, iron/steel, pharmaceuticals, machinery, electronics). By 2022, that number doubled to 12 commodities with the additions of: fruits/nuts, meat, vehicles, medical instruments, cosmetics, and cocoa. For perspective, in 2005, the value of perishable imports was $969 million. Fast forward to 2022, it was $3.6 billion.

As Ed puts it, “When you share success; it grows.”

Under his leadership, CBP/private sector partnerships have built new Containerized Examination Stations, new General Order warehouses, and the busiest agriculture inspection facility for perishables in the nation. Up and down the river, the number of bonded facilities, foreign trade zones, and container freight stations have doubled to handle the increase in cargo, both sea and air.

CBP has collaborated in developing innovative and first in nation pilot programs to address Agriculture wood packing material and dunnage challenges, and in the shadows of the Ukraine invasion was successful in finding a dignified solution for the abandoned Ukrainian crew off the arrested vessel – The Ocean Force.  CPB and the Port Community have rallied together in response to the CoVid-19 pandemic, united for the Pope’s visit in 2015 and for the historic Afghanistan air lift via Operation Allies Welcome, and persisted in successfully managing the largest cocaine seizure in the history of the United States.  

Ed and his wife plan to remain in South Jersey for the foreseeable future, seeing their last two children through college and staying close to family and friends.  Looking back over 32 years of service, Ed says “I am grateful to an agency that has provided me with tremendous opportunity, countless challenges, and many rewards. But more importantly, I am grateful for the people, the partnerships, and the friendships that I have been blessed with.”

We are proud to honor this distinguished individual. 

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