The U.S. and Mexico announced Sept. 28 the implementation of unified cargo processing at the Ysleta cargo facility at the El Paso port of entry. CBP states that it intends to expand the UCP concept to the Bridge of the Americas cargo facility, railroad operations, the Ysleta cargo export facility, and other ports within the region. Similar UCPs are operational in Nogales, Laredo, and Otay Mesa.

According to a press release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, UCP-designated shipments bypass primary processing in Mexico and enter the dedicated Free And Secure Trade lane on the U.S. side, allowing the shipment to proceed unencumbered to CBP primary inspection. There are currently two designated primary lanes and five designated secondary lanes at the Ysleta location.

CBP and SAT officers working together at this facility review the appropriate documentation. If no issues exist, the driver and truck are released and the commodity is allowed to enter U.S. commerce directly. If an issue is discovered, the shipment is sent for a secondary examination, which is conducted jointly by CBP and SAT.

SAT officials will notify CBP immediately if during their exam they locate any prohibited or restricted goods like narcotics, chemical precursors, weapons, munitions, cash, or monetary instruments. This is also the case for any goods that may pose a threat to national, border, or public security or goods that are in violation of U.S. law. SAT is expected to refer any such shipment to CBP to initiate the corresponding legal action.

CBP notes that the UCP currently processes an average of 375 shipments per day. Commodities falling under the UCP process include medical supplies, electronics, large and small household appliances, computers, car parts and ATV’s.

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