Background

U.S. and Mexican officials signed recently in Mexico City a memorandum of understanding formalizing the U.S.-Mexico Cargo Pre-Inspection Program. According to a Department of Homeland Security press release, this program “will allow U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and Mexican Customs officers to work side-by-side to facilitate the rapid, secure flow of goods across our shared border, enhancing the economic competitiveness of both countries.”

Press reports indicate that the program has been underway since 2014 at the Laredo International Airport in Laredo, Texas, where the two sides are inspecting air cargo shipments from the auto, electronics and aerospace industry sectors bound for eight Mexican airports (Aguascalientes, Guadalajara, Toluca, Hermosillo, Ramos Arizpe, San Luis Potosi, Silao and Queretaro). By the end of 2015 the program is due to be expanded to the Mesa de Otay customs facility in Baja California, Mexico, where officials will inspect U.S.-bound shipments of Mexican agricultural products, and the Mexican customs port in San Jeronimo, Chihuahua, near El Paso, where U.S.-bound shipments of computers and other electronic goods will be jointly inspected.

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