CBP Outlines Reimbursable Services Program

This afternoon, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) posted information on its website regarding its Reimbursable Services Program based on the legislation that allows CBP to enter a total of five agreements by December 31, 2013 to provide new or enhanced services at ports of entry (all modes) in the US on a reimbursable basis. 

CBP states that interested parties should submit requests for participation in this program to Section560Requests@cbp.dhs.govnot later than 5pm EDT on Friday, May 31. The requests should include a letter of intent and a detailed description of their intent. Requesting parties will be notified about the status of their request not later than June 30.

Requesters must meet the following criteria:

  • Submit a request for CBP customs and immigration services (cannot include agricultural services).
  • Agree to reimburse CBP for all costs associated with the service (e.g. salary, overtime, automated data costs, relocation costs, if applicable, all travel costs). In the case of airports where CBP currently provides services, only overtime costs can be included in reimbursable requests.
  • Complete an agricultural compliance agreement, if applicable.
  • Have a successful site visit by CBP to discuss services and ensure that CBP facility and equipment requirements are met.
  • Conclude agreement with CBP specifying requester’s responsibilities, nature of request and fees etc.

The CBP information including examples of fees and amounts can be found at: http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/border_security/port_activities/resource_opt_strat/reimbursable_services.xml