U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced today 17 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 Alaska; Connecticut; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Kentucky; Michigan; New Jersey; New York; Puerto Rico; 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.
The entities tentatively selected for these partnerships are:
In the air environment:
- ALIA the Royal Jordanian Airline PLC (Detroit Metropolitan Airport);
- City of Austin (Austin Bergstrom International Airport);
- Golden Harvest Alaska Seafood, LLC (Adak Airport);
- Greater Rockford Airport Authority (Rockford Airport);
- Louisville Regional Airport Authority (Louisville International Airport);
- Million Air (San Juan, PR);
- South Bend International Airport (South Bend International Airport);
- Travelers Indemnity Company (Bradley International Airport);
- United Parcel Service (Louisville International Airport); and
- World Heir, Inc. (Fulton County Airport).
In the land environment:
- City of Brownsville (Brownsville, TX); and
- South Texas Assets Consortium (Hidalgo, TX; Rio Grande City, TX).
In the sea environment:
- FRS-Caribbean (Miami, FL);
- Luis Ayala Colon, Sucrs, Inc. (San Juan, PR);
- Maher Terminals LLC (Port of New York and New Jersey);
- Mid-Atlantic Shipping and Stevedoring, Inc. (Salem, NJ); and
- Port Newark Container Terminal, LLC (Port of New York and New Jersey).
Since its establishment in 2013, CBP has expanded the Reimbursable Services Program to 164 stakeholders, providing over 553,000 additional processing hours at the request of partners—accounting for the processing of more than 11.3 million travelers and nearly 1.6 million personal and commercial vehicles.
CBP is authorized to enter into partnerships with private sector and government entities to provide new or expanded services on a fee basis, pursuant to Section 481 of the Homeland Security Act, 2002, as amended by the Cross-Border Trade Enhancement Act, 2016. Reimbursable services under this authority include customs, agricultural processing, border security, support, and immigration inspection-related matters at any facility at which CBP provides or will provide services. Associated costs may include the salaries of additional staff, overtime hours, and administration expenses.