A new pilot program of the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) provides for alternative sources of funding – including cities and local businesses – to ensure faster Customs processing at airports, according to TravelMole.
Miami airport, the city of El Paso, Texas and the Jay Peak ski resort in Vermont are among the 12 applicants for the pilot program under the new Cross Border Enhancement Act.
Under the program, the CBP will select five applicants. The money paid by the applicants will be used to hire more employees, pay overtime and for other customs services such as inspections.
Recent federal budget cuts have increased the pressure on CBP resources especially as the passenger numbers at airports have increased, particularly at large airports.
New York’s JFK currently has an average Customs line waiting time of about 36 minutes while Los Angeles (LAX) and Chicago’s O’Hare have waiting times of 31 minutes and 21 minutes respectively.