U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced June 21 that three new proposals have been selected to engage in further planning and development activities as part of the Donations Acceptance Program. Under this program CBP and the General Services Administration may accept donations of real property, personal property (including monetary donations) and non-personal services from private sector and government entities for port of entry construction, alterations, operations and maintenance activities.
- the city of Donna, Texas, has proposed constructing new inspection facilities and implementing more technologies to facilitate inbound empty commercial vehicle inspections at the Donna-Rio Bravo port of entry
- the city of Pharr, Texas, proposed multiple improvements including constructing a new cold inspection facility and a new agricultural inspection training and development facility and expanding secondary inspection dock space at the Pharr POE
- Red Hook Terminals proposed donating a perforating machine in support of operations at the Port of Freeport, Texas
CBP and GSA will now work with these partners to establish a memorandum of understanding outlining forthcoming planning and development activities, obligations, and roles and responsibilities.
CBP is also now accepting and evaluating on a year-round basis proposals under the DAP valued at $3 million or less. CBP states that this small-scale donation proposal process is a new offering and an avenue for stakeholders interested in investing in and expediting small-scale, high impact border infrastructure, technology and other related improvements.