Carlos C. Martel has been appointed U.S. Customs and Border Protection area port director for Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

In his new position, Martel will be responsible for passenger, cargo and trade operations at Los Angeles, Ontario and Las Vegas International Airports, five user-fee airports, an international mail facility and 11 express consignment facilities.

Prior to his selection, Martel served in several capacities at the Customs and Border Protection at the Miami Service Port.

Martel has 13 years of public service, having begun his career with the former U.S. Customs Service as an import specialist at the Port of Long Beach in 1995. He also held various supervisory positions in Miami and San Diego.

Martel is a member of the Senior Executive Service and is an honor graduate from the University of California, Los Angeles.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security that is charged with the management, control and protection of the nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry. The agency is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country, while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.