U.S. Customs and Border Protection is accepting through March 31 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 and immigration inspection-related matters at ports of entry. Associated costs may include the salaries of additional staff, overtime hours, administration and transportation expenses. For CBP-serviced airports, there is a limit of five agreements per year and reimbursement is limited to overtime payments.
Those requesting participation in this program must submit a detailed letter of application addressing a number of specified questions regarding services requested, location, facilities, funding and other considerations. Those who have established a need for and a commitment to such a partnership will enter into written agreements with CBP that establish the obligations and responsibilities of both parties.
CBP notes that in 2014 it was able to provide over 60,000 additional processing hours under this program.