WASHINGTON, D.C. - Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Cross-Border Trade Enhancement Act of 2016. This bipartisan legislation authorizes the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to negotiate alternative financing arrangements for certain services and the construction and maintenance of infrastructure at land ports of entry. U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady released the following statement:
“The bill is a solution to help Customs and Border Protection enforce our trade laws, keep our borders secure, support the flow of legitimate trade through our ports of entry, and administer our enforcement laws. I’ve been working with Sen. Cornyn to get this across the finish line so that CBP can receive the resources it needs minus the bureaucracy.”
Bill authorizes the Customs and Border Protection to:
enter into cost-sharing or compensation agreements with persons for the construction or maintenance of a new or existing CBP or GSA facility or other infrastructure at a land border port of entry; or
accept donations from persons of real or personal property (including money) or nonpersonal services for use in the construction or maintenance of such facilities or infrastructure.