Background

The U.S. and Mexico have delayed from mid-2016 to spring 2017 the launch of a third cargo pre-inspection pilot in San Jeronimo, Chihuahua, which will focus on finished electronics shipped from Mexico to the U.S.

Cargo pre-inspection pilots involve officers from both countries working together at a common location and are designed to improve the flow of trade and reduce border wait times and transaction costs. Two such 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. The two sides said July 22 that they will continue to enhance and improve these existing pilots as well as review potential expansion to additional airports in the U.S.

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