U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Oct. 11 that a new proposal from the Greater Nogales Santa Cruz County Port Authority has been selected to engage in further planning and development activities as part of the Donations Acceptance Program. This proposal would upgrade existing air-conditioned dock space at the Nogales West land port of entry to food safety-certified refrigerated space. CBP states that the Nogales West POE processes more fresh produce than any other POE along the U.S.-Mexico border and that the proposed upgrades would improve CBP’s ability to safely handle and inspect seafood, berries, avocados, and other temperature-sensitive commodities.

CBP notes that this is the first proposal selected under its small-scale process for proposals valued at $3 million or less, which is a new offering and avenue for stakeholders interested in investing in and expediting small scale, high impact border infrastructure, technology, and other related improvements. Proposals that qualify as small scale may be submitted year-round and thus evaluated 60 to 70 percent faster than proposals submitted during the DAP’s annual cycle for mid- to large-scale proposals.