More Air and Sea Ports Eligible for Public-Private Partnerships to Speed Cargo Processing
U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced July 23 its initial selections for 16 new public-private partnerships that will allow approved private sector and state and local government entities to reimburse CBP for expanded services to improve processing and inspection times for incoming commercial and cargo traffic. These services may include customs, agricultural processing, border security and immigration inspection-related services at ports of entry. At CBP-serviced airports, a maximum of five reimbursable service agreements are permitted per year and reimbursable services are limited to overtime costs only.
In 2013, CBP entered into five reimbursable service agreements with the city of El Paso, Texas; the City of Houston Airport System; Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport; Miami-Dade County; and the South Texas Assets Consortium. As a result, CBP provided an additional 9,000 CBP officer assignments and opened primary lanes and booths for an additional 24,000 hours at the request of 560 partners.
The entities tentatively selected for the additional partnerships are as follows.
- Los Angeles World Airports
- San Francisco International Airport
- Greater Orlando Aviation Authority
- McCarran International Airport (Las Vegas)
- Denver International Airport
- Penn Terminals Inc. (Philadelphia)
- Independent Container Line Ltd. (Philadelphia)
- Network Shipping Ltd. (Philadelphia)
- Greenwich Terminals LLC (Philadelphia)
- Gloucester Terminals LLC (Philadelphia)
- Turbana Corporation (Philadelphia)
- Interoceanica Agency Inc. (Philadelphia)
- Diamond State Port Corp. (Port of Wilmington, Del.)
- Port of Houston Authority
- Broward County, Fla. (Port Everglades)
- South Texas Assets Consortium