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Import Processing at World Trade Bridge Continues to Expand After Storm Damage

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports that as of 8:00 a.m. May 30 it is processing the following shipments into the U.S. from Mexico across the World Trade Bridge in Laredo.

- empty tractors and trailers, including automotive racks in empty trailers (which are considered items of international commerce)

- Free and Secure Trade and Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism certified companies

- informal entries

- agriculture (perishables)

Other types of imports are being processed at the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge and exports to Mexico via all modes of commercial traffic are being processed at both bridges. In all cases operations are being conducted from 7:00 a.m. to midnight or beyond until the last queued truck is processed. However, CBP strongly encourages the trade community to maximize the use of early morning hours, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., when there is minimal traffic.

Cargo operations at the World Trade Bridge between Laredo and Nuevo Laredo were disrupted after a May 21 storm inflicted significant damage on U.S. and Mexican customs facilities in the area. CBP notes that damage assessments are still ongoing and that it is unable to project when all repairs will be complete. CBP will continue to align facility reconstitution activities with its Mexican counterparts to ensure that both sides have the capability to process cargo shipments at the same levels and same time.

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