Border Issues Management Program (BIMP)

Become a BIMP Member today!


What are some specific examples of issues that BIMP is currently working on?

  • Streamlining the FDA inspection process
  • Expanding FDA/industry lab capacity
  • Promoting FDA/APHIS rapid truck clearance programs
  • Improving USDA/APHIS inspection capacity
  • Improving CBP inspection policies and practices
  • Targeting APHIS bottlenecks with insect identifiers
  • Addressing truck overweight issues
  • Addressing truck/cargo security
  • Helping members understand the Food Safety Modernization Act, including the Foreign Supplier Verification Program which shifts safety responsibility from government to private sector
  • Working to eliminate pallet rejection issues
  • Minimizing risk from invasive foreign pests, citrus greening/canker/other bacterial, fungal and viral diseases
  • Working with the Dept. of Commerce to maintain the Tomato Suspension Agreement
  • Coping with FDA’s Food Facility Registration and Issue of “US Agent” Responsibilities

What key things should I know about BIMP?

  • It is strictly voluntary;
  • It is similar to the long-standing Nogales program, but costs less;
  • It recognizes that what Texas ships is over 60 percent Mexican imports;
  • It recognizes that Texas F&V imports are expanding rapidly, but the national economy ensures government infrastructure is not;
  • It recognizes that no other group or organization is working for Texas produce importers and customs brokers;
  • It recognizes that what’s good for Texas importers/brokers is generally good for Mexican suppliers;
  • It ensures any proprietary data collected by BIMP will be held in strict confidence;
  • It gives grower/shippers/brokers/importers on both sides of the border a proven, respected advocate for their issues;
  • Most importantly, it gives Texas produce importers a unified powerful voice to meet our many challenges