U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced nine tentative selections for new public-private partnerships that will allow approved private sector and state and local government entities to reimburse CBP for expanded services for incoming commercial and cargo traffic. The entities tentatively selected for these partnerships are as follows.
- Broward County Government: Aviation Department
- Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
- Philadelphia International Airport
- American Airlines (John F. Kennedy International Airport – Terminal 8)
- British Airways (John F. Kennedy International Airport – Terminal 7)
- Rocky Mountaineer
- Dell Inc.
- Ameron International Corporation
- Virginia Port Authority
The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 expanded CBP’s authority to provide new or enhanced services on a reimbursable basis by allowing the agency to create partnerships with private sector and government entities. Reimbursable services include customs, agricultural processing, border security and immigration inspection-related services at ports of entry. There are several limitations at CBP-serviced airports, including a maximum of five reimbursable service agreements per year and reimbursable services being limited to overtime costs.
CBP notes that since this program began it has entered into agreements with 20 stakeholders that have accounted for the processing of more than 2.3 million passengers and nearly 370,000 personal and commercial vehicles.