CBP Announces Additional Partnerships for New and Expanded Services
CBP announces 9 new reimbursable services agreements to promote economic growth in cross-border trade and travel across the country
WASHINGTON— U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced today nine tentative selections for new reimbursable services agreements to promote economic growth in cross-border trade and travel across the country.
These public-private partnerships in Arizona, Florida, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, New York, Washington and Virginia will allow approved private sector and state and local government entities to reimburse CBP for expanded services for incoming commercial and cargo traffic.
“The sustained growth in the volume of international trade and travel through the nation’s ports of entry is a great benefit to the U.S. economy, but it also requires investments in infrastructure, technology and staffing,” said Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske. “Today, we are delighted to have nine new public-private partners who are committed to investing in America’s economic prosperity.”
Since the program began in 2013, CBP has entered into agreements with 20 stakeholders, providing more than 93,000 additional processing hours at the request of our partners—accounting for the processing of more than 2.3 million passengers and nearly 370,000 personal and commercial vehicles. Among the participating airports, the added staffing and supplementary lane openings, in conjunction with Automated Passport Control deployments and other innovative technology efforts, have helped decrease wait times by an average of almost 30 percent while traveler volume has increased about 7 percent over the last year.
Section 559 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 expanded CBP’s authority to provide new or enhanced services on a reimbursable basis by allowing CBP to create partnerships with private sector and government entities. Reimbursable services under Section 559 include customs, agricultural processing, border security services, and immigration inspection-related services at ports of entry.
The statute maintains several limitations at CBP-serviced airports, including a maximum of five reimbursable service agreements permitted per year, and reimbursable services being limited to overtime costs. Section 552 of the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015 amended Section 559 to include support services at airports.
The entities tentatively selected for these partnerships are:
- Broward County Government: Aviation Department
- Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
- Philadelphia International Airport
- American Airlines (John F. Kennedy International Airport – Terminal 8)
- British Airways (John F. Kennedy International Airport – Terminal 7)
- Rocky Mountaineer
- Dell Inc.
- Ameron International Corporation (AIC)
- Virginia Port Authority
The proposals were evaluated utilizing a rigorous, multi-layered process to ensure compatibility with CBP’s mission priorities.
The reimbursable services authority is a key component of CBP’s Resource Optimization Strategy, and will allow CBP to provide new or expanded services at domestic ports of entry reimbursed by the partner entity.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.