Relief could be dramatic if staffing levels increase.
The USDA FAS report said a recent study that said adding just one Customs and Border Patrol staff at 33 ports of entry could boost the U.S. economy by $65 million.
The study, conducted by the National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events at the University of Southern California, measured the affects of adding or taking away one CBP staff (working an 8-hour workday, 153 days a year), at 17 major passenger land crossing port of entries, 12 major freight crossing port of entries and four major passenger airport port of entries.
The study concluded that the increasing port of entry staffing by 33 (one per port) added $65.8 million in gross domestic product, including an addition of 1,094 annual jobs. In contrast, removing 33 staff from ports of entry would cost the U.S. economy $33 million.