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Donations Acceptance Program

The Donations Acceptance Program was established in FY 2015 to explore, foster, and facilitate partnerships for port of entry infrastructure and technology improvements.

Section 482 of the Homeland Security Act, 2002, as amended by Section 2 of the Cross-Border Trade Enhancement Act, 2016, P.L. 114-279, (Section 482) augments CBP's ability to implement this initiative by authorizing CBP and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to collectively accept donations of real property, personal property, money, and non-personal services from private sector and Government entities.  Section 482 supplants Section 559 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, P.L. 113-76 (Section 559) while not affecting any agreement entered into nor any proposal accepted for consideration on or before December 15, 2016.

For any questions, please contact the DAP at dap@cbp.dhs.gov.

Program Overview

Program Overview

The Donations Acceptance Program (DAP) is a partnership mechanism to collaboratively explore and implement tangible solutions to trade and travel facilitation and enforcement challenges.  DAP is authorized to accept donations of real property, personal property, and non-personal services from private sector and government entities.

The DAP oversees two major partnership portfolios: infrastructure and non-infrastructure.  The latter consists primarily of intellectual property rights enforcement partnerships aimed at protecting CBP's trade stakeholders and U.S. consumers from counterfeit and potentially unsafe goods.  

 

Legal and Regulatory Authority

The DAP is authorized under 6 U.S.C. § 301a, and consistent with 19 CFR 133.61 as mandated by Section 308(d) of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015.  


Program Scope

The DAP and its underlying legal authorities enable CBP to enter into partnerships with public and private sector stakeholders to accept: 

  • Real Property, including, but not limited to: 
    • New Facilities
    • Improvement to existing facilities
    • Real estate
  • Personal Property, including, but not limited to: 
    • Equipment
    • Technology 
    • Product authentication tools
    • Software
    • Money for procurement purposes
  • Non-Personal Services, including, but not limited to:
    • Training
    • Operations and maintenance
    • Installation and deployment of equipment and technologies

Accepted donations may be used in support of a wide array of CBP operations and may include: new lanes, inspection booths, inspection technologies, intellectual property rights enforcement tools, and more. 

 

Partnership Benefits

The DAP's goal is to work with border community and trade stakeholders to help equip CBP's frontline officers and trade specialists with the tools and capabilities they need to operate more effectively.  In doing so, the DAP aims to foster and facilitate partnerships that yield mutual benefits for both CBP and its program partners.  Program partner benefits include, but are not limited to: 

  • Systematic deployment of authentication tools to the areas of greatest need with flexibility to disseminate ad-hoc at educational seminars and other in-person trainings.  
  • Pre/post-deployment regarding authentication tool operation and functional issues as well as training needs.  
  • Coordinated planning and development on new and innovative ideas and concepts.  
  • Continuous, long-term feedback and reporting regarding authentication tool usage, seizures, efficacy, and evolving operational needs.
  • Increased throughput and supply chain efficiencies.  
 

Partnership Lifecycle

ENGAGE

PLAN

EXECUTE

SUSTAIN

Engage with prospective partner

Address information technology, privacy concerns and other implementation considerations

Fully execute partnership agreement and issue press release

Monitor use

Fold in appropriate subject matter experts

Provide input on training content

Deploy tools, software, or other trade enforcement/facilitation solutions

Address technical issues as they arise

Evaluate the opportunity for technical and operational merit

Identify locations in need

Address immediate technical issues 

Redeploy tools within portfolio as necessary

Establish rollout strategy

Conduct training

Coordinate with partner to continuously gauge solution effectiveness

 

Contact Us

If interested in exploring partnership opportunities with CBP or for more information, please contact the DAP at dap@cbp.dhs.gov

Donation Application Guidance

How to Apply

To request participation in this program as a donor, a detailed proposal should be submitted to DAP@cbp.dhs.gov. The submission period is open indefinitely.

The prospective donor will be notified of receipt of their proposal and may be asked to provide additional information. Each proposal will be evaluated based on certain criteria, and CBP will select those who have demonstrated viability with CBP’s activities within the Office of Field Operations (OFO) and its inspection facilities.

Interested applicants, who have designated authority on behalf of their entity, are encouraged to coordinate with the affected CBP Field Office and ports of entry in developing their proposal. Proposal submissions are requested to be on a business letterhead and address the criteria in the application requirements section.

 

Legal and Regulatory Authority

The DAP is authorized under 6 U.S.C. § 301a, and more generally, the Homeland Security Act of 2002, 6 U.S.C. § 112 et seq., as amended.

 

Donation Proposal Evaluation Criteria

The following outlines the criteria that CBP, in consultation with GSA, if applicable, will use to evaluate donation proposals submitted under Section 482.  These criteria satisfy the requirements set forth in subparagraph (c)(3) of Section 482, which states that CBP in consultation with GSA, if applicable, must consider the following when determining whether or not to select a donation proposal:

  • The impact of the proposal on the land, sea or air port of entry at issue and other ports of entry or similar facilities or other infrastructure near the location of the proposed donation;
  • Such proposal’s potential to increase trade and travel efficiency through added capacity;
  • Such proposal’s potential to enhance the security of the port of entry at issue;
  • The impact of the proposal on reducing wait times at that port of entry or facility and other ports of entry on the same border;
  • The funding available to complete the intended use of such donation;
  • The costs of maintaining and operating such donation;
  • The impact of such proposal on CBP staffing requirements;
  • For a donation of real property:
  • Whether such donation satisfies the requirements of such proposal, or whether additional real property would be required;
  • How such donation was acquired, including if eminent domain was used; and
  • Other factors that the Commissioner of CBP or the Administrator of GSA determines to be relevant.

 

Application Requirements

At a minimum, to satisfy the above consideration requirements, CBP in consultation with GSA, as applicable, will evaluate each proposal against the below criteria to determine overall proposal viability.  The criteria are organized into two separate categories: operational criteria and technical criteria.

Operational Criteria

Technical Criteria

Operational Impact

Funding & Financing Strategy (Technical)

Funding & Financing Strategy (Operational)

Project Duration & Timeline

Health & Safety Requirements

Technical Feasibility

Economic & Community Benefits

Planning Implications

Community Support

Proposal Support

Other Agency Support for Operations

Real Estate Implications

Environmental & Cultural Resources

Operational Criteria

Criteria

Example Evaluation Factors

Operational Impact

  • Whether the proposal poses an adverse impact to existing local and regional CBP operations.
  • Whether the proposal presents measurable existing and future CBP operational benefits, including the proposal’s potential to enhance the security of the port of entry at issue.

Funding & Financing Strategy (Operational)

  • Whether the proposal presents a sound strategy for accommodating CBP’s exposure to operating costs (e.g., salaries, overtime, equipment, and technologies); specifically, what is being funded?
  • Whether the prospective donor’s overall funding and financing strategy for these costs appears to be viable, i.e., how it is being funded.

Health & Safety Requirements

  • Whether the proposal presents a sound strategy for sustaining or enhancing employee and public health and safety conditions both during and following donation acceptance.

Economic & Community Benefits

  • Whether the proposal presents measurable local, regional and national economic and community benefits, including reduced wait times and enhanced travel and trade.

Community Support

  • Whether the proposal has the support of all impacted local and regional stakeholders.

Other Agency Support for Operations

  • Whether the proposal addresses the ability of other agencies to provide operational support based on new or increased capacity, hours, location, or workload increases.

Project Duration & Timeline

  • Whether the proposal presents a feasible planning, development and delivery strategy that poses no to minimal adverse impact on current and future operations.

Technical Criteria

Criteria

Example Evaluation Factors

Funding & Financing Strategy (Technical)

  • Whether the proposal presents a sound strategy for accommodating CBP and GSA’s, as applicable, exposure to planning, design and construction-related costs, in addition to first and out-year sustainment costs (e.g., equipment and technology operations and maintenance and facility rent); specifically, what is being funded?
  • Whether the prospective donor’s overall funding and financing strategy for these costs appears to be viable, i.e., how it is being funded.

Technical Feasibility

  • Whether the proposal appears to be technically feasible, including whether it appears to fit within the site footprint and includes all major technology components.
  • Whether the proposal purports to comply with all applicable laws, regulations and technical and security standards. 
  • Whether the proposal appears compatible with existing equipment and technologies and established securities and protocols. 

Planning Implications

  • Whether the proposal is consistent with CBP’s current list of out-year investment priorities.
  • Whether the proposal comports with the out-year planning priorities of CBP’s interagency and international partners.
  • Whether the proposal’s planning and delivery schedule appears to be both reasonable and accurate.

Proposal  Support

  • Whether the proposal has public support at the political, national or regional levels, or any combination thereof.
  • Whether the proposal has support from all affected federal agencies.

Real Estate Implications

  • Whether additional real estate is required to accommodate existing and downstream operations and, if so, whether the proposal presents a sound strategy for acquiring such real estate.
  • Whether the proposal presents a sound strategy for identifying and acquiring necessary rights-of-way, easements or other interests in real estate.

Environmental & Cultural Resource Implications

  • Whether the proposal presents information on meeting the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA).
  • Whether the proposal presents the potential to affect cultural or historic resources.
  • Whether a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment has been completed in accordance with the American Society for Testing and Materials standards for any real property related to the donation.
  • Whether any recognized environmental conditions have been mitigated and, if not, whether a plan is in place to address them.

 

Appendices/Exhibits

Please include as you feel appropriate, any additional documentation in support of your proposal including site drawings and schematics, aerial maps, traffic studies and assessments, letters of support, etc.

 

Checklist of Planning, Development, & Execution Considerations

CBP, GSA, as applicable, and the recommended Donor cross-check against the following non-exhaustive list of considerations to facilitate arriving at an executable project that fulfills CBP’s operational needs at an acceptable cost, schedule and risk.  For risk management purposes, these considerations are further cross-checked during project execution.

 

Operational MeritEnvironmental & Cultural Resource ImplicationsFinancial Feasibility
  • Operational Impact
  • Operational Benefits
  • Funding Strategy
  • Health & Safety Requirements
  • Other Agency Support for Operations
  • Economic & Community Benefits
  • Project Duration & Timeline
  • Community Support
  • Environmental & Cultural Benefits
  • Phase I & II Environmental Site Assessment
  • Environmental Remediation Compliance
  • Environmental Decision Completion
  • NEPA Review
  • Historic Preservation Restrictions
  • Historic Preservation & Cultural Resources Review
  • Updated Cost Estimates & Funding Implications
  • Planning Funding Strategy
  • Design Funding Strategy
  • Construction Funding Strategy
  • Furniture, Fixtures, Equipment, & Technologies Funding Strategy
  • Operations & Maintenance Funding Strategy
  • GSA Fair Annual Rent Impact & Strategy
  • Staffing Funding Strategy
Real Estate ImplicationsLegal ImplicationsPlanning Implications
  • Real Estate Sufficiency
  • Real Estate Acquisition Strategy
  • Right-of-Way Acquisition Strategy
  • Right-of-Way Acquisition Completion
  • Temporary or Permanent Easements
  • Utilities Management Strategy
  • Proposal Conditions
  • Downstream Liabilities
  • Bonding & Insurance Coverage
  • Title & Ownership Evidence
  • Property Conveyance Authority
  • Tolling Authority
  • Compliance with Applicable Laws
  • Procurement Implications
  • Internal Agency Need Alignment
  • External Agency Need Alignment
  • Detailed Planning & Delivery Schedule
  • Interagency & International Planning & Execution Readiness
  • Permit Strategy
  • Permit Completion
  • Sustainability Requirements
Proposal Viability   Technical Feasibility
  • Safety Requirement Compliance
  • Public Support
  • Federal Agency Support
  • Recommended Donor
  • Qualifications
  • General Technical Feasibility
  • Design Standards & Technical Specifications
  • Systems Compatibility
  • Technical Scalability
  • Security Requirements

 

Donation Acceptance Process

Pre-Proposal Evaluation & SelectionPhase I: Proposal Evaluation & SelectionPhase II: Proposal Planning & DevelopmentPhase III: Donation Acceptance Agreement

Connect with and educate external stakeholders and prospective donors.

Within 60 days of proposal receipt, Evaluation Leads and SMEs conduct preliminary review and send requests for clarification, if necessary.

Negotiate and sign MOU formalizing planning and development activities, anticipated timelines, funding obligations, and roles and responsibilities.

Negotiate and sign Donation Acceptance Agreement formalizing the terms and conditions under which CBP or GSA, or both, may accept a donation.

Provide frontend feedback re: operational and technical viability.

Prospective donor responds to clarification requests.

Plan and develop conceptual proposal into an executable project

Proceed to project execution.

 

Evaluation Leads conclude evaluation; reach consensus on proposal recommendation.

Confirm project execution readiness.

 
 

Senior leadership reviews and either approves or disapproves the recommendations.

  

 

Approval announces; notification letter issued within 180 days of receiving a completed proposal.

 

 

 

*Depicts typical process for large-scale proposals valued in excess of $5M. Small-scale proposals are evaluated informally and approved at the working-level vs. the formal evaluation process.

 

Program Requirements

If tentatively selected, donor must meet the following requirements for project implementation:

  • Sign a binding Donation Acceptance Agreement (DAA);
  • If applicable, sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU);
  • If applicable, complete a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA);
  • Agree to terms and regulations as required by Section 482 of the Homeland Security Act, 2002, as amended by the Cross-Border Trade Enhancement Act, 2016;
  • If applicable, agree to provide advance funding as per CBP’s guidelines and instructions; and
  • Complete a site visit where CBP officials visit to discuss project specifics, and verify that facilities and equipment meet CBP’s specifications as required by Section 482 of the Homeland Security Act, 2002, as amended by the Cross-Border Trade Enhancement Act, 2016.

Announcements

May 21, 2021

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the General Services Administration (GSA) and the City of Laredo announced a formal partnership today to facilitate commercial truck processing at the World Trade Bridge in Laredo by constructing Free and Secure Trade for Commercial Vehicles (FAST) lanes.

Under CBP’s Donations Acceptance Program, CBP, GSA and the City of Laredo will construct four FAST lanes at the World Trade Bridge over the next 15 to 18 months to facilitate the processing of commercial truck drivers who participate in the FAST program. The City of Laredo will outfit the lanes with the necessary infrastructure and technology.

“The Donations Acceptance Agreement with the City of Laredo is another strong example of federal and local governments working together to create opportunities for American workers and businesses,” said William A. Ferrara, Executive Assistant Commissioner of the CBP Office of Field Operations. “The construction of FAST lanes at the World Trade Bridge will address longstanding infrastructure challenges and facilitate flows of cross-border trade and travel that are vital to our economy.”

 

The current port layout and the high volume of commercial truck traffic at the World Trade Bridge causes severe bottlenecking that stretches into Mexico. The FAST lanes will reduce wait times for all travelers at the port by diverting pre-approved, low-risk commercial carriers to designated lanes for expedited processing.

“Partnerships with CBP and local stakeholders on donations projects like this one align with GSA’s vision to provide effective and efficient government for the American people,” said GSA Acting Regional Administrator Giancarlo Brizzi. “Expedited processing of commercial trade with Mexico helps to boost the U.S. economy while supporting CBP’s mission to protect and safeguard our borders while enhancing the nation's economic recovery.”

Trade is a driving factor for the economy of Laredo. In order to further facilitate and expand cross-border trade and travel, the City of Laredo submitted a formal proposal under CBP’s Donations Acceptance Program (DAP) in November 2016 for infrastructure improvements to reduce congestion at the Laredo World Trade Bridge. The Donations Acceptance Agreement announced today formalizes a project that has been years in the making and allows the parties to move forward with constructing the new FAST Lanes.

“This expansion will allow us to continue to be the number one land port in the nation, something we are very proud of,” said Mayor Pete Saenz. “The City of Laredo along with the trade industry welcomes such partnership under CBP’s DAP.”

 

May 20, 2021

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced a new formal partnership arrangement with NIKE, Inc. today as part of the Donations Acceptance Program.  Under its partnership with CBP, NIKE, Inc. is donating proprietary technology to aid in authenticating a variety of NIKE, Inc. merchandise and prevent counterfeit products from entering the United States.  CBP and NIKE, Inc. will test the tool at a limited number of international mail and express consignment facilities. 

“As criminal organizations use proceeds from counterfeit sales to fund other illegal activity, our partnerships help strengthen our border security posture through innovation and resource optimization,” said Diane Sabatino, Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner of the CBP Office of Field Operations. “Our partnerships with stakeholders are vital to CBP’s enforcement mission and continued success in protecting U.S. businesses and consumers from counterfeit goods.”

Trade in counterfeit and pirated goods threatens America’s innovation economy, the competitiveness of businesses, and, in some cases, national security and the health and safety of consumers.  To deter the importation of illicit goods and protect U.S. consumers and businesses, CBP has developed a proactive, aggressive and dynamic enforcement approach to Intellectual Property Right (IPR) enforcement.

In Fiscal Year 2020, CBP personnel nationwide seized 26,503 shipments containing counterfeit goods that would have been worth nearly $1.3 billion had they been genuine. CBP’s enforcement efforts are strengthened by stakeholder collaboration and innovative approaches such as the CBP and NIKE, Inc. partnership.

The Donations Acceptance Program enables CBP to accept tools and technology to enforce intellectual property rights.  Public-private partnerships are a key component of CBP’s Resource Optimization Strategy and allow CBP to provide new or expanded services and infrastructure at domestic ports of entry. For more information, visit www.CBP.gov/DAP.

For more information about the risks associated with purchasing counterfeit goods, visit CBP’s Fake Goods, Real Dangers website and read CBP’s e-Commerce Awareness Guide. Additional tips for protecting your family from counterfeit goods are available at StopFakes.gov.

Suspected IPR violations, fraud or illegal trade activity can be reported by contacting CBP through the e-Allegations Online Trade Violation Reporting System or by calling 1-800-BE-ALERT.  Violations can also be reported to the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center at https://www.iprcenter.gov/referral/ or by telephone at 1-866-IPR-2060.

 

September 15, 2020

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the General Services Administration (GSA) and the City of Pharr announced a formal partnership today that will further enhance commercial agriculture processing at the Pharr Land Port of Entry (LPOE).

Under CBP’s Donations Acceptance Program (DAP), the City of Pharr will help fund the construction of 24 new secondary inspection bays, enhancing CBP’s ability to process future increases in commercial truck traffic at the Pharr LPOE. Thirteen of these bays will include cold storage unit equipment to ensure that produce examinations will not be compromised by the outside elements.

“With the continued increase of imports from Mexico, especially produce-related commodities, that require an inspection from our agriculture specialists, having these additional dock spaces will have a significant positive impact on our ability to expedite the processing time and get shipments on their way into U.S. commerce,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “The additional cold storage bays will also serve proactively in maintaining the integrity of certain products while they are inspected in climate-controlled areas, rather than exposing them to the South Texas heat.”

The project will also include the construction of a new 10,000 square foot agriculture inspection and training facility and provide the equipment and tools necessary to outfit the facility. The upgraded facility will enhance the ability of CBP agriculture specialists to perform on-site inspections and testing, further facilitating trade through the Pharr LPOE.

“GSA welcomes the opportunity to partner with CBP and the City of Pharr on this important project that contributes to the efficiency of commercial operations at the LPOE as well as trade with our neighbors to the south,” said GSA Acting Regional Administrator Giancarlo Brizzi. “Through donation programs like these, GSA is able expand and enhance port operations in ways previously unavailable to the federal government.”

CBP personnel at the Pharr LPOE play a critical role in ensuring the nation’s food supply. As a leading port in Texas for agricultural importation, the Pharr LPOE processed nearly 1,800 commercial trucks transporting more than $13 million worth of agricultural products on a given day in Fiscal Year 2019. These products constituted nearly 15 percent of all fresh produce imported into the United States.

“The City of Pharr remains committed to working with our federal partners to identify and implement innovative methods to expedite traffic and trade at our international port of entry, making border crossings and inspections function more effectively while helping our trade partners process and cross their goods more efficiently,” said Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez, M.D. “We are proud to partner with CBP on this and other Donations Acceptance Program projects that provide creative solutions to meet and address specific federal needs at the local level, and keep international trade and commerce flowing swiftly and smoothly.”

The City of Pharr submitted a formal proposal under the CBP Donations Acceptance Program in December 2015 to improve the Pharr LPOE. The Donation Acceptance Agreement (DAA) announced today formalizes a project which has been years in the making and allows the parties to begin construction of the new facilities.

 

June 23, 2020

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has partnered with the City of Laredo and General Services Administration (GSA) on a small scale infrastructure improvement project through the Donations Acceptance Program (DAP) at World Trade Bridge (WTB) Land Port of Entry (LPOE).

CBP and GSA entered into an agreement with the City of Laredo in December of 2019 to donate and construct an additional roadway to assist in alleviating any potential traffic congestion caused by anticipated future construction at the WTB LPOE.

The project provides a path for commercial vehicles to travel from the bridge through a newly installed non-intrusive technology (NII) Z-Portal and around any future construction. NII Z-Portal technology assists in increasing the LPOEs ability to examine cargo effectively without impeding the flow of processing trade through the port.

“I am excited to witness the ongoing progress being made on this game-changing measure to facilitate World Trade Bridge’s ever-growing commercial traffic volumes, which have far exceeded the limits at our present facility,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry. “With an increase of approximately three to five percent yearly in northbound cargo growth, this Donation Acceptance Program-funded project will allow CBP the opportunity to process approximately 28 percent of the commercial traffic outside of the import lot at World Trade Bridge. This greatly enhances our throughput potential for the entire facility.”

As a small scale project, CBP, GSA, and the City of Laredo completed this project in under a year. DAP’s small scale projects are identified by a minimal size, scope, and complexity, costing $5 million or less. These projects are approved, designed, and constructed in a shorter timeframe than that of large scale projects with moderate to significant size, scope, and complexity, costing over $5 million.

 

June 8, 2020

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has partnered with the City of Pharr to implement Unified Cargo Processing (UCP) at the Pharr Land Port of Entry (LPOE). The partnership was managed by CBP’s Donations Acceptance Program (DAP) in coordination with the General Services Administration (GSA).

The City of Pharr donated infrastructure modifications to establish two dry dock bays at the Pharr LPOE. The dry dock bays will be used by CBP Officers as additional secondary inspection bays for non-agricultural imports.

CBP Officers at the Pharr LPOE can now work alongside Mexican Customs Officers to concurrently perform secondary inspections on imports as part of the UCP program. This joint processing will expedite the inspection process, reducing wait times and increasing throughput at the Pharr LPOE.

“The Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry would like to express its gratitude to the City of Pharr for the donation of this expansion project, which was possible through CBP’s Donation Acceptance Program,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “The implementation of Unified Cargo Processing (UCP) fosters the working collaboration between CBP and Mexican Customs Officials to expedite the inspection process and reduce wait times for the efficient flow of commercial traffic.”

“This is an excellent opportunity to promote bi-national camaraderie and simultaneously the work smarter concept,” Port Director Rodriguez continued. “Conducting a single inspection with dual components, in this case CBP officers working alongside our Mexican counterparts, will streamline the inspection process which can ultimately only expedite the flow of international commerce.”

This DAP project highlights CBP and GSA’s ability to enter into small-scale partnerships that impose minimal cost and effort on local community stakeholders while enhancing local operations and reducing wait times.

“In Pharr, we are constantly seeking creative opportunities to collaborate with our partners, working to maximize resources and improve efficiencies with the ultimate goal of better facilitating trade and commerce at the Pharr International Bridge,” said Pharr Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez, M.D. “Making an investment in infrastructure modifications under the Donations Acceptance Program was a worthwhile decision, and along with our trade partners, we look forward to benefiting from expedited inspections, reduced wait times, and more efficient international commerce as a result of this program,” Hernandez added.

The full CBP news release can be viewed here.

 

August 2019

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced today a new formal partnership with the New Mexico Border Authority (NMBA). Under its partnership arrangement, NMBA will provide CBP a 2019 Polaris Ranger 570 – courtesy of Union Ganadera. The all-terrain vehicle (ATV) will assist CBP personnel in carrying out their duties with faster ease while maximizing their movement around the Santa Teresa Port of Entry.

“CBP is pleased to announce this partnership with the NMBA. The ATV will assist our CBP personnel in the area port of Santa Teresa to maneuvering the area of operations in a more expeditious manner and while carrying out their duties,” said Christopher J. Sullivan, Director Alternative Funding, Office of Field Operations. “These aids are important in helping CBP achieve its mission of safeguarding America’s borders and ensuring a prompt processing of our trade commodities through the port.” 

“We are grateful to the NMBA for this donation to the Port of Santa Teresa. The ATV will allow my officers to maneuver the terrain of Santa Teresa and the dunes a lot easily. They will be able get to-and-from their inspection sites faster, thus, maximizing their area of inspections and numbers of inspections,” said Fernando Thome, Acting Port Director, Area Port of Santa Teresa. 

 

July 15, 2019

Construction for a temporary roadway was completed at the World Trade Bridge (WTB) at the Laredo Port of Entry (LPOE). The City of Laredo entered into a small scale donation agreement with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Donations Acceptance Program (DAP) and the General Services Administration (GSA).  The donation of the roadway will alleviate congestion caused by an increase in traffic flow through the WTB. CBP has consistently seen an increase in northbound cargo goods by 3%-5% yearly. This temporary roadway donation will assist in the processing of northbound FAST empty trucks and decrease wait times at the cargo facility.  Approximately 500 empty trailers are processed daily and the hours of operation for this temporary roadway will be Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 “We are excited to see these much needed improvements to the World Trade Bridge and the facilitation measures to the newly implemented empty FAST lane,” said Director of Field Operations David P. Higgerson, Laredo Field Office.  “The ever-growing traffic volumes have far exceeded the limits of the present facilities and we will work hand in glove with our stakeholders at the federal, state and local levels to assist with improvements that will facilitate traffic at the busiest cargo facility in the southwest border.”

“The upkeep and constant development of our bridges will ensure that Port Laredo remains competitive and continues as the Port of choice for the trade industry.  These improvements serve as vital assets to not only Laredo, but the entire U.S. economy,” said Laredo Mayor Pete Saenz. “We are proud to see this new roadway completed and grateful of the partnerships that lead to its completion.  Indeed, partnerships do create border infrastructure which facilitate trade mobilization and connectivity.”

The full CBP news release can be viewed here.

 

June 21, 2019

U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Cisco Systems partnered on an operation resulting in the seizure of counterfeit electronics entering the United States March 12.

The operation was part of continued collaboration efforts with Cisco that began in 2018. The partnership developed and deployed eight barcode scanners to four ports and provided secured access to specialized tools which CBP officers and import specialists used to identify counterfeit Cisco products.

Officers from CBP’s New York Field Office, import specialists from the Electronics Center of Excellence and Expertise (ECEE), and representatives of CBP’s Donations Acceptance Program conducted the operation, which targeted shipments specific to Cisco entering through the John F. Kennedy Port of Entry. The donated tools helped CBP personnel to accurately validate the authenticity of 49 of the 56 shipments yielding a Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $626,880. 

Counterfeit and pirated goods pose a threat to the health and safety of U.S. consumers. Counterfeit electronic goods also pose a high security risk for U.S. consumers and companies. Cisco provides secure networking technology and related components for use in a wide variety of sectors, including large enterprises such as the financial sector, service providers, and U.S. military and government entities.

CBP is authorized by law to accept donations of technology that can be used for IPR enforcement.

Suspected IPR violations, fraud or illegal trade activity can be reported by contacting CBP through the e-Allegations Online Trade Violation Reporting System or by calling 1-800-BE-ALERT. Violations can also be reported to the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center at https://www.iprcenter.gov/referral/ or by telephone at 1-866-IPR-2060.

 

May 13, 2019

Construction was completed at the Raul H. Castro Port of Entry turning a recently donated parcel of land into a parking lot. The donation occurred through a partnership with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Donations Acceptance Program (DAP), the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), and the city of Douglas, Arizona.

CBP officers did not have a designated parking area for their personally owned vehicles while they worked their shift at the port. As a result, the officers were forced to park in the port of entry, taking up vital space needed to process entering vehicles. To help alleviate this issue and assist in ensuring CBP operations could function at full capacity, the city of Douglas determined nearby existing land would be useful for conversion into a parking lot.

In September of 2017, CBP entered into the agreement to receive the donated land in “as-is” condition knowing CBP would be required to further evaluate the scope, funding, and implementation of certain security requirements before it could function as a parking lot. CBP and GSA then worked with the City to implement full reconstruction of the land in less than 70 days. ​​Acting Area Port Director Michael Quinonez said, “This stunning parking lot is the end result of the collaboration between the City of Douglas, GSA and CBP.  Our sincere appreciation to the City of Douglas for their generous donation and to all the parties involved for making this happen.”

“The City of Douglas is honored to partner with CBP in finding ways to make our border crossing experience smoother and safer by offering a better work environment for the men and women that operate the port of entry,” stated the Honorable Robert Uribe, Mayor of the City of Douglas. “This is a win-win situation for the community, for trade and for CBP.  We remain focused on the long-term solutions to modernize the existing Port and realizing construction of a new commercial port to the west, but this donation makes the situation better today, and that was essential,” added Mayor Uribe.

Not only does the parking lot provide extra security for the personally owned vehicles of officers, but it is expected to reduce port congestion and provide added commercial vehicle staging in support of Unified Cargo Processing (UCP) efforts. Specifically identified placement of personal vehicles removes them from areas surrounding the port, adding more space, increasing throughput, and decreasing wait times. The latter addition of UCP will allow Mexican Customs officers to work jointly with CBP officers in the U.S. to inspect and process vehicles to decrease wait times by eliminating the separation of inspections.

“GSA is proud to have played a part in using our gift acceptance authority to turn this generous land donation from the City of Douglas into a functional parking lot for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers that serve this community,” said Anthony Kleppe, Land Ports of Entry Program Manager for GSA Region 9. “Additionally, this further underscores GSA’s valued relationship and continuing partnership with the City of Douglas and CBP.”

The full CBP news release can be viewed here.

 

April 9, 2019

Construction was completed on the Brownsville Veterans International Bridge Land Port of Entry adding pavement expansion improvements for commercial vehicles. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Donations Acceptance Program (DAP) partnered with the General Services Administration (GSA) and Cameron County, TX to quickly execute this $500,000 project which will increase traffic flow at the port of entry and decrease wait times for commercial vehicles. The project became a catalyst for streamlining the CBP and GSA approval processes for similar future partnerships. Beginning in January of 2018, and completed in March of 2019, the project went from idea to realization in fifteen months.

“Our mission is to facilitate legitimate trade and travel while maintaining an enforcement posture to keep our borders and our country secure.  This project is a collaborative effort which allows both objectives to be accomplished more efficiently,” said Port Director Tater Ortiz, Brownsville Port of Entry. “I thank our partners for their vision and for working so expeditiously to see this project come to fruition.”

The new inbound lanes will allow commercial vehicles to easily maneuver to navigate soon to be installed Multi-Energy Portals (MEPs) as part of the “Model Port” initiative. MEPs are a drive-through Non-Intrusive Inspection (NII) imaging system that will scan commercial vehicles pre-primary inspection, a preemptive step in the inspection process increasing border security and trade facilitation while decreasing driver waiting times at border crossing ports of entry. The ability to add on more lanes and scan vehicles before they reach primary inspection improves the overall wait commercial travelers.

The “Model Port” initiative looks to launch NII technology at select ports of entry to further enhance CBP’s mission to protect the public while fostering the Nation’s global economic competitiveness by enabling legitimate trade and travel.

Section 482 of the Cross-Border Trade Enhancement Act of 2016, Pub. L. No. 114-279, 130 Stat. 1413 (codified at 6 U.S.C. § 301a), authorizes CBP and GSA to accept donations of real property, personal property (including monetary donations) and non-personal services from public and private sector entities.

“On behalf of Cameron County, I am pleased to see the completion of the commercial FAST lane expansion project. As the main source for international commercial traffic in Cameron County, it is vital that the Veterans International Bridge operates at full capacity. We are very grateful for such an opportunity to work with our counterparts to improve our ports of entry. As the DAP is a federal program authorized by Congress, I would also like to extend a thank you to our delegation, including Congressman Vela and Senator Cornyn, for their approval and support on such programs which enhance the overall safety and effectiveness of our communities and ports,” said  Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño, Jr.

 

September 1, 2018

Garrett Wright, Branch Chief of the Donations Acceptance Program (DAP) and Kevin McPherson, Director of Brand Protection for Otter Products, sat down with the International Trademark Association (INTA) to be interviewed for the INTA Bulletin.  The interview covered the DAP's scope and success and what benefits private industry can expect from partnering with CBP through the DAP.  

 

June 27, 2018

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced today a new formal partnership arrangement with Otter Products, LLC, maker of OtterBox and LifeProof brand phone cases, as part of the Donations Acceptance Program. Under its partnership with CBP, Otter Products will donate authentication devices for CBP officers and import specialists to use to quickly and accurately detect counterfeit Otter Products merchandise entering the United States.

“Building off the success of localized enforcement efforts, CBP is now working hand-in-hand with Otter Products to target and deploy authentication devices on a nation-wide scale,” said Todd C. Owen, Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations. “CBP’s formal partnership with Otter Products will help us broadly deliver these highly effective tools to the front line officers and trade specialists who need them most.”

As part of its rigorous and ongoing brand protection efforts, Otter Products intends to partner with CBP for the long term by resupplying and, if necessary, upgrading authentication devices as CBP’s detection needs evolve.

“CBP’s formal partnership with Otter Products extends well beyond the initial deployment of authentication devices,” said Brenda B. Smith, Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Trade. “Our goal is to provide continuous, organized feedback to Otter Products pertaining to the ongoing use of these devices, their effectiveness, and opportunities to improve upon them so that we may jointly outpace those who seek to profit off counterfeit goods.”

The Donations Acceptance Program broadly enables CBP to accept donations of real property, personal property (including monetary donations) and non-personal services from public and private sector entities in support of CBP operations. Accepted donations may be used for port of entry construction, alterations, operations, and maintenance activities.

Public-private partnerships are a key component of CBP’s Resource Optimization Strategy and allow CBP to provide new or expanded services and infrastructure at domestic ports of entry. For more information, visit www.CBP.gov/DAP.

 

May, 2018

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced a new formal partnership arrangement with Southwest Airlines Co. as part of the Donations Acceptance Program. Under its partnership arrangement, Southwest Airlines will provide CBP with available discarded luggage at airports of entry where both partners operate. CBP will in turn use this luggage to train canines to search for and detect narcotics, weapons, and other illegal contraband entering and leaving the United States. 

“CBP is pleased to announce its first corporate partnership with a major airline for the provision of canine training aids,” said Todd C. Owen, Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations. “These training aids are important in helping CBP achieve its mission of safeguarding America’s borders and protecting the public from dangerous people and materials.”  

The full CBP news release can be viewed here.

 

February 22, 2018

The Donations Acceptance Program held a webinar on Wednesday, February 21st from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST for interested public and private sector representatives to provide general program and partnership information for engaging with CBP for donations to enforce Intellectual Property Rights.

The webinar was recorded and can be viewed here in its entirety. If you are interested in additional information, a copy of our Quick Reference Guide or any other programmatic information, please contact us at DAP@cbp.dhs.gov.

 

February 15, 2018

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced today a new formal partnership arrangement with Procter & Gamble (P&G), as part of the Donations Acceptance Program, to prevent counterfeit P&G products from entering the United States. As part of the partnership, P&G will donate testing devices to verify the authenticity of various P&G products. The devices will help CBP officers and trade specialists quickly determine the legitimacy of the product, reducing the possibility of counterfeit goods from entering the U.S. stream of commerce.

"Intellectual Property Rights enforcement is a CBP priority trade issue, so we are pleased to announce the first formal partnership approved under the Donations Acceptance Program to aid in the fight against counterfeits," said Office of Field Operations Executive Assistant Commissioner Todd C. Owen. "CBP's continued partnership with P&G will help equip our officers with the tools needed to more effectively detect and seize counterfeit P&G products entering the United States."

P&G intends to partner with CBP for the long term by resupplying and if necessary, upgrading donated testing devices as CBP's detection needs evolve.

CBP views its formal partnership with P&G as an important and significant step towards collaborating on mutually beneficial Intellectual Property Rights solutions," said Office of Trade Executive Assistant Commissioner Brenda B. Smith. "Our long-term agreement with P&G will help strengthen CBP's immediate and future ability to protect the P&G brand and U.S. consumers."

The Donations Acceptance Program enables CBP to collaboratively explore and implement solutions to trade and travel facilitation and enforcement challenges. This is the first formal partnership arrangement under the Donations Acceptance Program for Intellectual Property Rights enforcement to implement Section 308(d) of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015. Section 308(D) required CBP to prescribe regulatory procedures for the donations of technologies, training, or other related services for the purpose of assisting CBP in Intellectual Property Rights enforcement.

The full CBP news release can be viewed here.

 

September 29, 2017

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced this week that a new proposal from the city of Douglas, Arizona has been selected as part of the Donations Acceptance Program (DAP). The city of Douglas proposed a donation of a parking lot and adjacent parcel of undeveloped land directly north of the Raul H. Castro Port of Entry to better enable CBP to implement parking lot security measures, reduce port congestion and provide added commercial vehicle staging in support of Unified Cargo Processing efforts. The DAP enables CBP and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to explore, foster and facilitate partnerships for port of entry infrastructure and technology improvements.

"We are excited to partner with the city of Douglas in exploring small-scale, high-impact enhancements at the Raul H. Castro Port of Entry," said Todd C. Owen, Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations. "The city's proposal will significantly improve CBP's ability to enhance port security, reduce congestion and increase commercial throughput."

Pursuant to 6 U.S.C. § 301a (Section 301a), and more generally, the Homeland Security Act of 2002, 6 U.S.C. § § 112 et seq., as amended, CBP and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) are jointly authorized by to accept real property, personal property, monetary and non-personal services donations from private sector and government entities. Accepted donations may be used for port of entry construction, alterations, operations and maintenance-related purposes.

Have questions regarding this process or the Donations Acceptance Program in general?

Please click on the link below to submit your questions directly to our email inbox.

 

June 25, 2017

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Donations Acceptance Program (DAP) is pleased to announce the publishing of our revised program framework outlining our updated procedures and criteria for evaluating, approving and accepting viable donation proposals. This framework incorporates the legislative requirements introduced by our new Section 301a authorities as well as reflects the policy and procedural improvements we've made over the years to render the program more flexible, streamlined and responsive.

Please note that all proposals regardless of dollar value, size, scope or complexity may now be submitted year-round to DAP@cbp.dhs.gov for consideration. As always, we welcome and encourage our prospective partners to connect with us in advance of preparing a formal proposal so that we may provide front-end feedback and guidance regarding proposal viability and the donation acceptance process.

CBP and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) are jointly authorized by 6 U.S.C. § 301a (Section 301a), and more generally, the Homeland Security Act of 2002, 6 U.S.C. § § 112 et seq., as amended, to accept real property, personal property, monetary and non-personal services donations from private sector and government entities. Accepted donations may be used for port of entry construction, alterations, operations and maintenance-related purposes.

 

April 18, 2017

The Donations Acceptance Program is pleased to announce that four new proposals from the Anzalduas Bridge Board; Cameron County, Texas; the City of Donna, Texas; and the City of Laredo, Texas have been approved for further planning and development. On behalf of CBP and GSA, we congratulate you on your innovative, forward thinking proposals and are excited to work with each of you moving ahead.

The Donations Acceptance Program is also pleased to announce that beginning today, all new proposals, regardless of dollar value, may be submitted to DAP@cbp.dhs.gov on a year-round basis. By expanding its proposal submission window, the Donations Acceptance Program aims to better accommodate and expedite viable proposals that previously could only be submitted once a year.

Proposals will be evaluated based on their individual merit and ability to satisfy the evaluation criteria posted on CBP.gov/DAP. Prospective partners and interested parties may submit questions regarding the Donations Acceptance Program via email at DAP@cbp.dhs.gov

 

December 12, 2016

Congratulations to Red Hook Terminals! Their donation of a high-capacity perforating machine to the Port of Freeport, TX was recently accepted through the Donations Acceptance Program (DAP) and is currently being used by OFO staff to expedite administrative procedures.

The perforating machine, while a relatively small donation, has already yielded a high impact; reducing the amount of time it takes port staff to process titles and other documents by 96%. As a result, the Port of Freeport anticipates that it will save up to 166 man hours a year that may be better spent on higher operational priorities. This is an example of how small-dollar value, donated improvements can make a big difference, both for CBP stakeholders and in terms of how CBP operates.

The small-scale donation proposal process offers an avenue for stakeholders interested in investing in and expediting small-scale, high impact border infrastructure, technology and other related improvements. Proposals that qualify as small-scale may be submitted year-round and in turn evaluated 60 to 70 percent faster than large-scale proposals.

For additional information or questions, please contact the DAP at DAP@cbp.dhs.gov.

 

October 17, 2016

Congratulations to the Greater Nogales Santa Cruz County Port Authority, whose proposal to upgrade existing air conditioned dock space at the Nogales West Land Port of Entry to refrigerated dock space was recently approved for further planning and development. You can read more about the Port Authority’s approved proposal here.

This is the first proposal selected under CBP’s small-scale process for proposals valued at $5 million or less. The small-scale donation proposal process is a new offering and avenue for stakeholders interested in investing in and expediting small-scale, high impact border infrastructure, technology and other related improvements.

As a final note, thanks to all those who participated in the live webinar session held on October 11th to provide an overview of the donations acceptance process and answer program-related questions. Please refer to our “Related Content” section for a copy of our webinar presentation. You can also find an audio/video recording of the webinar presentation here.

 

June 21, 2016

CBP and GSA are pleased to announce that proposals submitted by the City of Donna, Texas, the City of Pharr, Texas, and Red Hook Terminals during the FY 2016 proposal submission period have been approved for further planning and development. 

The City of Donna proposed constructing and implementing new inspection facilities and technologies to facilitate inbound empty commercial vehicle inspections at the Donna-Rio Bravo Land Port of Entry (LPOE). The City of Pharr proposed multiple improvements including constructing a new cold inspection facility, a new agricultural inspection training and development facility, and expanding secondary inspection dock space at the Pharr LPOE. Red Hook Terminals proposed donating a perforating machine in support of operations at the Port of Freeport Sea Port of Entry in Freeport, Texas.

The CBP Donations Acceptance Program congratulates the City of Donna, the City of Pharr, and Red Hook Terminals on their successful proposals. We’re excited to work with each of you moving forward.

 

June 2, 2016

The Donations Acceptance Program (DAP) is excited to announce that it will be hosting multiple one-day Roadshow events in select locations across the U.S. 

The DAP Roadshow is an opportunity to engage CBP and GSA field/port representatives and program leads in an open dialogue regarding partnerships for port of entry infrastructure, technology, or other related improvements.  

Events are currently scheduled for:

Laredo, TX – June 22nd
Tucson, AZ – July 19th

For more information or to request an invitation, please email the DAP at DAP@cbp.dhs.gov.

 

February 25, 2016

CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske recently spotlighted the growing success and expansion of the Donations Acceptance Program along with the Reimbursable Services Program in his blog post Meeting the Challenge: Alternative Funding Helps CBP Serve Stakeholders.

The Donations Acceptance Program has quickly gained widespread interest and positive feedback as one of few viable mechanisms by which to invest in and expedite port of entry infrastructure and technology improvements. Partnerships entered into under the Donations Acceptance Program are expected to yield substantial operational, economic, and community-related benefits. 

As an update on Phase I activities, CBP in coordination with GSA, continues to evaluate the proposals it received during the recent FY 2016 submission period. CBP looks forward to announcing its FY 2016 proposal selections in the late Spring timeframe in addition to unveiling its tentative plans to accept and review certain small-scale proposal submissions on a year-round basis.

Stay tuned for more information…

 

Information Sharing Opportunities

On Wednesday, October 21, 2015, the CBP Donations Acceptance Program held a live webinar to review the donations acceptance process and provide useful guidance for submitting a successful donation proposal in FY 2016.  As a follow-up, CBP held a live Q&A session on Tuesday, November 17, 2015.  Questions may still be submitted via e-mail to DAP@cbp.dhs.gov.

Please note that to promote a fair and equitable proposal submission and evaluation process, CBP will respond only to questions relating to the overall Donations Acceptance Program and will not be able to address individual proposal specifics. 

 

July 24, 2015

FY 2015 Selectees Announced

On July, 24, 2015, CBP announced that proposals submitted during the FY 2015 open season from the following stakeholders had advanced to Phase II: Proposal Planning & Development. 

Partner NamePort of Entry
The City of DonnaDonna Rio Bravo Port of Entry
The City of PharrPharr Texas Port of Entry
The City of El PasoThe Ysleta Bridge

Partnerships

The Donations Acceptance Program

The Donations Acceptance Program (DAP) is a partnership mechanism to collaboratively explore and implement tangible solutions to trade and travel facilitation and enforcement challenges. DAP is authorized to accept donations of real property, personal property and non-personal services from private sector and government entities.  Accepted donations may be used for port of entry construction, alterations, operations and maintenance activities.

 

Program Impacts

In the first five years of the program, CBP has entered into 42 agreements, facilitating more than $218 million in planned and realized investment in U.S. port of entry improvements and other mission enhancements.

The program continues to expand as new agreements are signed every year.

 

Completed Projects/Partnerships

Partner Name

Port of Entry

American Red Cross

Calexico East and Calexico West Land Ports of Entry

Cameron County

Los Indios Land Port of Entry

Cameron County

Los Tomates Land Port of Entry

Cisco Systems

Multiple Locations

City of Douglas

Raul H Castro Land Port of Entry

City of El Paso

Ysleta Land Port of Entry

City of Laredo

World Trade Bridge

City of Pharr

Pharr Land Port of Entry

Delta Airlines

Washington Dulles International Airport

New Mexico Border Authority

Santa Teresa Land Port of Entry

Nike, Inc.

Multiple Locations

North Dakota Department of Transportation

Pembina Land Port of Entry

OtterBox

Multiple Locations

Procter and Gamble

Multiple Locations

Red Hook Terminals

Freeport Sea Port of Entry

Samsonite

Multiple Locations

SITA Information Networking and British Airways

Multiple Locations

SITA Information Networking and JetBlue

Boston Logan International Airport

Southwest Airlines

Multiple Locations

The Fixery

John F. Kennedy International Airport

The Salvation Army

San Luis Land Port of Entry

 

Ongoing Small-Scale Projects

Partner Name

Port of Entry

Anzalduas-Hidalgo International Bridge Board

Anzalduas Land Port of Entry

Cameron County

Los Indios Land Port of Entry

City of Pharr

Pharr Land Port of Entry

New Mexico Border Authority

Santa Teresa Land Port of Entry

Texas Department of Transportation

Los Indios Land Port of Entry

Texas Department of Transportation

Los Tomates Land Port of Entry

Texas Department of Transportation

Paso Del Norte Land Port of Entry

TPI Composites Inc.

Santa Teresa Land Port of Entry

 

Ongoing Large-Scale Projects

Partner Name

Port of Entry

Anzalduas International Bridge

Anzalduas Land Port of Entry

Cameron County

Veterans International Bridge Land Port of Entry

City of Donna

Donna Land Port of Entry

City of Laredo

World Trade Bridge Land Port of Entry

City of Pharr

Pharr Land Port of Entry