WASHINGTON — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced today the signing of a reimbursable agreement with the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport). The signing took place at Boston Logan International Airport with CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske and Massport Chief Executive Officer Thomas Glynn. The Reimbursable Services Program enables CBP to enter into Reimbursable Service Agreements with private and public sector partner for the provision of increased or enhanced customs, immigration and agriculture inspection services.
"Reimbursable Service Agreements are a terrific tool for helping CBP to provide a best-in-class international arrivals experience to an ever-increasing number of visitors while maintaining the highest standards of national security," said CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske. "Today’s agreement with Massport will enable CBP to provide additional processing, immigration, and inspection services for international air travelers arriving at Boston Logan International Airport to keep people moving."
"At Boston Logan International Airport, Massport works with stakeholders every day to ensure the safety and security of the people who use and work at the airport," said Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn. "The Reimbursable Services Program is another example of great collaboration to produce excellent security and customer service."
This program also allows partners to target exactly where they desire CBP to provide additional services. One of the primary goals of this particular agreement is to decrease passenger processing wait times during peak arrival periods by staffing additional primary booths at Boston Logan International Airport.
Since the inception of the Reimbursable Services Program, CBP has provided more than 63,000 officer overtime assignments and an additional 174,000 hours of services to more than 4.2 million travelers and more than 627,000 personal and commercial vehicles at participating ports of entry.
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.