SC 24-016

The Area Port Director’s office and associated staff, along with the Entry, FP&F, Vessel Repair, and Import Specialist Units will be closed on the days listed below in observance of the respective federal holidays:

  • New Year’s Day                                                Monday, January 1, 2024
  • Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.                    Monday, January 15, 2024
  • Washington’s Birthday (President’s Day)            Monday, February 19, 2024
  • Memorial Day                                                   Monday, May 27, 2024
  • Juneteenth National Independence Day              Wednesday, June 19, 2024
  • Independence Day                                             Thursday, July 4, 2024
  • Labor Day                                                         Monday, September 2, 2024
  • Columbus Day                                                  Monday, October 14, 2024
  • Veteran’s Day                                                    Monday, November 11, 2024
  • Thanksgiving Day                                                   Thursday, November 28, 2024
  • Christmas Day                                                        Wednesday, December 25, 2024
  • New Year’s Day 2025                                             Wednesday, January 1, 2025

Mardi Gras Day, Tuesday, February 13, 2024, is not a federal holiday.  Regular hours will be observed at all locations except the Centralized Examination Station [CES] which will be closed due to parade traffic.  If the Container Terminals are open, CBP will be on site to staff the Radiation Portal Monitors [RPMs].  Additional information on the Port Operations including the Marine Division and Vessel Entrance and Clearance System [VECS] transactions for the two weekends before Mardi Gras, and on Mardi Gras Day, will be disseminated via a separate Southern Currents.

Airport and Seaport Operations:

  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Port of New Orleans Airport and Seaport passenger processing and vessel boarding operations observe regular hours on federal holidays.
  • The Marine Division, to include Vessel Entrance and Clearance System [VECS] transactions, are CLOSED on Federal Holidays.  Emergency vessel entrance and clearance transactions on Federal Holidays should be coordinated with the Duty Watch Commander by contacting the Operations Desk.
  • The Centralized Examination Station (CES) is closed on federal holidays.
  • The Radiation Portal Monitors (RPMs) follow the Terminal Operator’s schedule on federal holidays.  If the terminal is open, CBP staffs the RPMs.  If the terminal is closed, CBP does not staff the RPMs.

Outlying CBP Ports of Entry:

  • The Port of Morgan City observes regular hours on federal holidays.
  • The Ports of Baton Rouge, Lake Charles and Shreveport are open for specific services via appointment on federal holidays.  Requests for services on a federal holiday should be made by contacting the port office on the business day preceding the federal holiday.
  • The Port of Gramercy is closed on federal holidays.  Requests for services should be directed to the Port of New Orleans Operations Desk.

Direct questions or concerns to Assistant Port Director Mark Choina at or Agriculture Chief Jessica Smith