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Donations Acceptance Program - Program and Process

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Program Overview

The Donations Acceptance Program (DAP) is CBP's partnership mechanism for collaboratively exploring and implementing tangible solutions to trade and travel facilitation and enforcement challenges.  

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 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 with prospective partnerAddress information technology, privacy concerns and other implementation considerationsFully execute partnership agreement and issue press releaseMonitor use
Fold in appropriate subject matter expertsProvide input on training contentDeploy tools, software, or other trade enforcement/facilitation solutionsAddress technical issues as they arise
Evaluate the opportunity for technical and operational meritIdentify locations in needAddress immediate technical issues Redeploy tools within portfolio as necessary
Establish rollout strategyConduct trainingCoordinate 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

Last modified: 
September 7, 2018