U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced today 13 tentative selections for new reimbursable services agreements through Section 481 of the Homeland Security Act, 2002 to promote economic growth in cross-border trade and travel across the country.
These public-private partnerships in California; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; New Jersey; New York; Pennsylvania; South Carolina; and Texas will allow approved private sector and state and local government entities to reimburse CBP for expanded services for incoming commercial and cargo traffic and international traveler arrivals.
“By creating partnerships, we can pursue innovative, joint solutions that allow CBP to keep pace with the continued increases in trade and travel year after year,” said CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan. “With our public-private partners, we are able to keep advancing America’s economic growth, locally and nationally, wherever our partners see a return on their investment.”
Since the program began in 2013, CBP has expanded the Reimbursable Services Program to 177 stakeholders, providing over 605,000 additional processing hours at the request of our partners—accounting for the processing of more than 11.9 million travelers and over 1.6 million personal and commercial vehicles.
The new agreements increase CBP’s ability to provide new or enhanced services on a reimbursable basis by creating partnerships with private sector and government entities. Reimbursable services under this authority include customs, agricultural processing, border security services, immigration inspection, and support services at ports of entry.
The statute maintains several limitations at CBP-serviced airports, including reimbursable services being limited to overtime costs and support services for airports with 100,000 or greater arriving international passengers annually. Airports with less than 100,000 arriving international passengers annually may offset CBP for the salaries and expenses of not more than five full-time equivalent CBP officers. These agreements will not replace existing services.
The entities tentatively selected for these partnerships are:
In the air environment:
- Charleston International Airport;
- Chevron U.S.A. Inc. (Oakland International Airport);
- Executive Jet Management (Wilmington Airport, DE; Lehigh Valley International Airport; Bangor International Airport; Boca Raton Airport; Teterboro Airport; Republic Airport);
- Maryland Department of Transportation – Maryland Aviation Administration (Martin State Airport);
- Select Management Resources, LLC (DeKalb-Peachtree Airport); and
- The Private Suite (John F. Kennedy International Airport; Los Angeles International Airport; Miami International Airport; Newark Liberty International Airport).
In the sea environment:
- ACGI Shipping LLC (Los Angeles / Long Beach, CA);
- Delaware River Stevedores (Philadelphia, PA);
- GAC North America, Shipping (Los Angeles / Long Beach, CA);
- Norton Lilly International Agency (Los Angeles / Long Beach, CA);
- Port Freeport (Freeport, TX);
- Sol Group Marketing (Philadelphia, PA); and
- The Port of New Orleans (New Orleans, LA).
The proposals were evaluated utilizing a rigorous, multi-layered process to ensure compatibility with CBP’s mission priorities.