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New Southern Border Port of Entry Proposed in Big Bend National Park

Friday, October 28, 2011
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is seeking comments by Dec. 27 on a proposal to create a new border crossing on the U.S.-Mexico border. The new crossing would be located in Big Bend National Park between Presidio and Del Rio, Texas, at the site of a previous crossing that was closed in 2002 due to post-9/11 security concerns. This crossing would be designated as a “Customs station” for customs purposes and a Class B port of entry for immigration purposes.

CBP states that the proposed Boquillas border crossing would only serve pedestrians visiting Big Bend National Park and Mexican protected areas directly across the border, not import business. CBP would therefore not process cargo, commercial entries or vehicles at this crossing. In addition, persons using the Boquillas crossing would only be permitted to bring limited merchandise into the U.S., and CBP would only process items exempt from duties and taxes under 19 CFR 10.151, which generally covers importations that do not exceed $200 in value. Such items must comply with all applicable regulations, including all relevant Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service restrictions. Persons using the Boquillas crossing would also have to comply with federal wildlife protection laws and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wildlife import/export regulations.

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