U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced recently that the cities of Donna, El Paso and Pharr, Texas, have been tentatively selected to engage in further planning and development activities to help modernize U.S. ports of entry. CBP states that the city of Donna has proposed installing new inspection facilities and technologies to facilitate outbound empty commercial vehicle inspections at the Río Bravo International Bridge, the city of El Paso has proposed removing an existing traffic island to facilitate commercial traffic flow at the Zaragoza/Ysleta Bridge, and the city of Pharr has proposed installing additional commercial booths and renovations to facilitate agricultural inspections at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge. CBP and the General Services Administration will now work with these tentative selectees to establish a memorandum of agreement outlining partnership terms and conditions.
Pursuant to Section 559 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, CBP and GSA are authorized to accept donations of real property, personal property (including monetary donations) and non-personal services from private sector and government entities. Accepted donations may be used for activities related to the construction, alteration, operation and maintenance of CBP or GSA port of entry facilities. CBP states that public-private partnerships are a key component of its resource optimization strategy and allow it to provide new or expanded services at domestic ports of entry.
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