9 Jun 2014

Pago Pago mooted as US port of entry

11:43 am on 9 June 2014

A government task force in American Samoa is recommending a federal study on the possibility of Pago Pago becoming an official port of entry into the United States.

This is one of the many recommendations by the task force made in its final draft Economic Development Implementation Plan submitted to the governor for review.

Currently, American Samoa controls its own borders and therefore is considered a foreign port.

However, the task force calls on Congressman Faleomavaega Eni to establish to establish a U.S. Congressional Inquiry and Study to determine the benefits of establishing American Samoa as a U.S. Port of Entry.

The task force acknowledged that the territory's Legislature is expected to oppose such a move, but the Fono says the study should be done and the benefits determined for American Samoa's next generation.