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Customs Authorities Coordinating Efforts to Respond to U.S.-Mexico Bridge Closure

Monday, May 29, 2017
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Mexico’s Servicio de Administración Tributaria have provided the following update on operations in the Laredo/Nuevo Laredo area following the May 22 suspension of cargo operations at the World Trade Bridge due to damage from a recent storm.

- SAT is operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge, which is handling traffic rerouted from the World Trade Bridge, to process both imports and exports.

- CBP will provide the necessary staffing at its Colombia Bridge export lot to support 24-hour export operations to Mexico. CBP will also continue to process imports from Mexico from 7:00 a.m. to midnight and beyond, commensurate with the volume of traffic.

- Both agencies will work together toward establishing temporary coordinated inspection operations at CBP facilities in Laredo with all the services necessary to enable two lanes to process Free and Secure Trade shipments.

- CBP re-established FAST C-TPAT processing at the World Trade Bridge as of 7:00 a.m. on May 25, with the exception of medical and perishable merchandise, and is working with partner government agencies to bring the capability to process these commodities online in the near future.

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