U.S. Customs and Border Protection is accepting through Feb. 29 applications under the Reimbursable Services Program, which allows CBP to enter into partnerships with private sector and government entities to provide new or expanded services on a reimbursable basis to help manage rising volumes of travel and trade.
Reimbursable services include customs and agricultural processing, border security, support, and immigration-related matters at ports of entry. Associated costs may include the salaries of additional staff, overtime hours, administration and transportation expenses. At land and sea ports of entry there are no limitations on the number of agreements that can be signed per year. At airports there is a statutory limit of 10 agreements per year and reimbursable services are limited to the payment of overtime and support services.
CBP notes that in the first 18 months of this program it was able to provide more than 93,000 additional processing hours at primary lanes and booths, which contributed to both increased border throughput and decreased border wait times.