U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced today 11 tentative selections for new reimbursable services agreements to promote economic growth in cross-border trade and travel across the country.
These public-private partnerships 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 in Arizona; California; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Maine; Michigan; New Jersey; New York; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Texas; and Washington.
“The Reimbursable Services Program creates public-private partnerships that help CBP keep pace with ever-increasing volumes of trade and travel,” said Todd Owen, CBP Executive Assistant Commissioner of the Office of Field Operations. “By working with our public-private partners, CBP is able to maximize its resources and produce innovative, joint solutions that enhance America’s economic competitiveness.”
Since the Reimbursable Services Program began in 2013, CBP has expanded it to include 202 stakeholders. The program has provided more than 767,000 additional processing hours at the request of our partners—accounting for the processing of more than 13.5 million travelers and more than 1.7 million personal and commercial vehicles.
Authorized by Section 481 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, the agreements enable CBP 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 U.S. 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 the new reimbursable services partnerships are:
In the air environment:
- 26 North Aviation, Inc. dba Skystream Jet (Lehigh Valley International Airport);
- Aerovias de Mexico S.A. de C.V. dba AeroMexico (Seattle-Tacoma International Airport);
- Jet Aviation Flight Services, Inc. (Austin-Bergstrom International Airport);
- JFK International Air Terminal LLC (John F. Kennedy International Airport);
- Midland Financial Co. (Will Rogers World Airport and Wiley Post Airport);
- NetJets Aviation, Inc. (Palm Beach International Airport; Oakland County International Airport; Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport; Westchester County Airport; Midway International Airport; Teterboro Airport; Republic Airport; Bangor International Airport; and Van Nuys Airport);
- Noble Energy Inc. (George Bush Intercontinental Airport); and
- Qatar Airways (Pittsburgh International Airport).
In the air and sea environments:
- Advance Customs Brokers and Consulting, LLC (Los Angeles International Airport; Miami International Airport; Newark Liberty International Airport; John F. Kennedy International Airport; Orlando International Airport; Savannah, GA; Philadelphia, PA; Port of Hueneme, CA; Miami, FL; Port Everglades, FL; Port of New York and New Jersey; Port Manatee, FL; and Tampa, FL).
In the sea environment:
- A.R. Savage and Son (Tampa, FL and Port Manatee, FL); and
- Manatee County Port Authority (Port Manatee, FL).
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 that allows CBP to provide new or expanded services at domestic ports of entry reimbursed by the partner entity.