Area Port Director – Zachary “Clay” Thomas
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Office of Field Operations
Charleston, South Carolina
Mr. Zachary (Clay) Thomas has served as the Area Port Director Charleston, South Carolina, Atlanta Field Office since November, 2021. In this role, Mr. Thomas oversees more than 100 employees across the State of South Carolina.
As the Area Port Director of Charleston, South Carolina, Mr. Thomas is charged with overseeing six ports of entry to include three major seaport operations, cruise terminal and an international airport.
With over 17 years of law enforcement experience with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Mr. Thomas has held a variety of leadership positions within CBP such as Area Port Director in Seattle, Washington, Dublin Area Port Director and Shannon Port Director, Preclearance Field Office, and Supervisory CBP Officer 2nd Line, Port of Savannah, Atlanta Field Office.
Mr. Thomas played an instrumental role in amending the current agreement between the United States and the Government of Ireland on Air Transport Preclearance. The amended agreement consists of new provisions which include cost recovery, medical assistance, and compliance agreements for downstream sales. The negotiations also included agreements on a non-binding Memorandum of Consultations (MOC) that addressed a number of CBP related concerns pertaining to restraint devices, consent to search, the preclearance facility, and Irish law enforcement presence.
Mr. Thomas attended the University of South Carolina where he studied business and criminal justice. Mr. Thomas is married and has two children.
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