How to Apply
To request participation in this program, a detailed letter of application should be submitted to RSP@cbp.dhs.gov.
The submission period will remain open indefinitely, with three evaluation windows annually, as described in the table below.
Application Received Between the following Dates
November 1, 2020 to February 28, 2021
March 1, 2021 to June 30, 2021
July 1, 2021 to October 31, 2021
November 1, 2021 to February 28, 2022
Requesting parties will be notified of receipt of their letter of application and may be asked to provide additional information. Each application will be evaluated and CBP will select those who have demonstrated a need for CBP services and a commitment to entering into a partnership.
If possible, interested applicants are encouraged to coordinate with the affected CBP Field Office and ports of entry in developing their letters of application.
At a minimum, please address the following questions regarding services requested, location, facilities, funding and other considerations in your submission:
Questions to Answer
Services Being Requested
Location of Requested Services
Available Facilities To Perform Requested Services
Funding For Requested Services
CBP will consider the following factors in evaluating applications:
Example Evaluation Factors
Impact on CBP Operations
Community and Industry Concerns
Health & Safety Concerns
Local/Regional Economic Benefits
Feasibility of Program Use
If tentatively selected, applicants must meet the following requirements for implementation of services at the requested POE:
- Complete a Non-Disclosure Agreement if applicable; (and agriculture compliance agreement if applicable);
- Agree to offset CBP costs for services requested as required by Section 481 of the Homeland Security Act, 2002, as amended by the Cross-Border Trade Enhancement Act, 2016;
- Costs include the overtime rate, benefits and a 15% administrative fee (19 CFR 24.21).
- Agree to either remit payments to CBP within 15 days of billing via the Department of Treasury’s Pay.gov system, or to enter into an advanced payment plan, if determined necessary by the Commissioner;
- Complete a site visit where CBP officials visit to discuss workload and services, and verify that facilities and equipment meet CBP’s specifications as required by Section 481 of the Homeland Security Act, 2002, as amended by the Cross-Border Trade Enhancement Act, 2016;
- Sign a binding standard fee services agreement; and
- Sign a local memorandum of understanding outlining the services, schedules, and other conditions for the location(s) covered by the agreement.