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CBP Unveils Five Public-Private Partnership Agreements Allowing Private Reimbursement for Enhanced Services

Thursday, December 26, 2013
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Dec. 23 that it has finalized five public-private partnership agreements that allow private reimbursement for enhanced CBP services that support growth in cross-border trade and travel. The entities selected for these partnerships are the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, the City of El Paso (Texas), the South Texas Assets Consortium, the City of Houston Airport System and the Miami-Dade County.

The March 2013 federal continuing appropriations act enabled CBP to create by Dec. 31, 2013, up to five reimbursable fee programs not to exceed a five-year timeframe. While these agreements will not replace existing services, reimbursable services can include all customs and immigration inspection-related matters. Each agreement outlines a measurable benefit and, according to Acting Commissioner Winkowski, CBP plans a “rigorous set of metrics that will demonstrate the impact the services are having.” Winkowski added that CBP will be better prepared to support economic growth by “responding to increasing volumes of trade and travel, and working collaboratively with stakeholders in all environments.”

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