Cargo Inspection Pilot Launched at U.S.-Mexico Border Port of Entry
U.S. and Mexican authorities announced Aug. 4 a 90-day pilot project under which U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Mexico’s Tax Administration Service are conducting joint cargo clearance examinations at the Mariposa port of entry in Nogales, Ariz. Press sources said the pilot has already lowered processing times for cargo trucks by as much as 85 percent by eliminating the need for trucks to stop for paperwork and possible inspection on both sides of the border.
Two similar pilots are already operational: one at Laredo Texas International Airport that focuses on air cargo shipments for the automotive, electronics and aerospace industries that are destined to Mexico, and one at the Mexican Customs facilities at Mesa de Otay, Baja California, that deals with low-risk, high-volume agricultural commodities that are part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Release Program. A third, at San Jeronimo, Chihuahua, which will focus on finished electronics shipped from Mexico to the U.S., was recently delayed until spring 2017. According to press sources, the pilot at Nogales is the only one so far where Mexican customs agents are working with their CBP counterparts at a U.S. land port of entry.