Background

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced that beginning Feb. 1 the period for submitting applications under its Reimbursable Services Program will remain open indefinitely, with evaluations conducted three times a year. CBP is also encouraging interested applicants to, if possible, coordinate with the affected CBP field office and ports of entry in developing their applications.

The RSP 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, and associated costs may include salary, benefit, overtime, administration, and transportation expenses.

CBP states that the Cross-Border Trade Enhancement Act signed into law on Dec. 16, 2016, made permanent its ability to enter into service fee agreements, removed the annual limit on the number of agreements at air ports of entry, permitted agreements at any facility in which CBP provides or will provide services, and allowed small air ports of entry with fewer than 100,000 international passenger arrivals annually to offset CBP for the salaries and expenses of up to five full-time officers.

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