Background

As of July 31 U.S. Customs and Border Protection has added base metals to the list of imports processed at the World Trade Bridge in Laredo, Texas. This change is part of CBP’s continuing efforts to restore full operations at the bridge following significant damage from a May 21 storm. CBP has previously resumed processing at this facility of empty tractors and trailers, informal entries, shipments from FAST-certified companies, agriculture (perishables), automotive products, machinery, electronics, and goods regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Trucks carrying other goods that attempt to enter at the WTB will be returned to Mexico and directed to the Colombia Solidarity Bridge.

CBP notes that the reconstruction of its permanent facilities at the WTB has begun and that it still expects this project to be completed and to return to full operations at these facilities in October. There has been no change to CBP’s operating hours for processing imports or exports at the WTB or to the FDA’s operating hours at the Colombia Solidarity Bridge, where staff are conducting import lot dock inspections, or the Juarez Lincoln Bridge II, where staff are conducting field exams at warehouses.

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