CBP Looks to Expand Trade Services with New Partnerships
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced six public-private partnership projects in California, Florida and Texas that are designed to support growth in cross-border trade and travel. The entities selected for these partnerships are Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport; The City of El Paso, Texas; the South Texas Assets Consortium; the Houston Airport System; and Miami-Dade County. CBP aims to complete negotiations with these entities by Dec. 31.
Services to be provided through these projects have not yet been defined but may include any customs and immigration inspection-related matters other than agricultural inspections. CBP will charge fees to cover the costs of these services, which may include salaries, benefits, facility upgrades and equipment, transportation, relocation expenses and overtime expenses, rather than funding them through congressional appropriations. One source speculates that the projects approved will focus on expanding inspection capacity at airports and adding road and primary inspection facilities at land ports of entry to allow trucks to take advantage of benefits under the Free and Secure Trade program.