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CUSTOMS COMMISSIONER SWORN IN

 WASHINGTON, May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- George J. Weise was sworn in today as the 15th commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service. Weise, 44, is the first Customs commissioner whose appointment was subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate.
 "It's wonderful to be back with Customs after a 20-year absence," said Weise, who worked as a Customs import specialist in Baltimore in the early 1970s. "Customs is a fine organization with a long tradition of excellence, and I look forward to working with Customs employees worldwide to continue that tradition.
 "Trade facilitation continues to be a priority at Customs," Weise added, "but equally important are our efforts to enforce this nation's trade laws and regulations and other laws prohibiting importation of contraband, such as narcotics. Our job is to ensure compliance with these laws, and I intend to support strongly the entire range of Customs activities in a balanced way to meet that end."
 Weise returns to Customs from the House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee, where he has worked since 1984, most recently as staff director and principal advisor to the chairman and the committee members. In this position, Weise was centrally involved in the passage of the Customs Modernization Act, legislation he intends to continue to support as commissioner of Customs.
 "I not only have a keen understanding of the Customs mission," Weise said, "but also an appreciation for the pivotal role Customs plays in implementing and administering U.S. trade policy. The Customs Modernization Act is a critical prerequisite to our future success."
 Weise's professional credentials also include nine years as a supervisory attorney-advisor with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), where, from 1980 to 1983, he served as U.S. representative to the GATT Subcommittee on Trade in Civil Aircraft. Weise concluded his tenure with the ITC as a participant in the president's Executive Exchange Program, serving as a trade attorney in the corporate headquarters of the IBM Corporation.
 Weise is a native of Scranton, Pa., and he and his wife, Therese, live in Arlington, Va., with his two daughters Michelle and Melissa.
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 /CONTACT: R. David Hoover of the U.S. Customs Service, 202-927-1770/


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