Commercial Entry Delays in New Mexico and Texas Mounting


Trucks attempting to enter the United States from Mexico queued for miles last week amid delays related to record migration at the U.S.-Mexico border, while an industry group said the value of goods stalled in Mexico had surpassed $1.5 billion.

Thousands of trucks have been stranded on the Mexican side of the border after U.S. authorities shut down crossings and imposed extra security checks amid an increase in migration. In New Mexico to help alleviate the issue Port Santa Teresa has been operating with extended hours for the commercial lanes.

In Ciudad Juarez, trucks waited to cross a bridge into Santa Teresa, New Mexico, after cargo processing was temporarily suspended at a bridge connecting the city to El Paso, Texas, to allow customs officers to assist in processing migrants arriving outside official crossings.

Local media said the line of trucks extended 20kms (12 miles).

Auto transport group CANACAR in a statement expressed "deep concern" over Texas' inspections of trucks crossing the border from Mexico, which it said had kept more than $1.5 billion in goods from entering the U.S.

Beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 10, U.S. Customs and Border Protection resumed commercial operations at the Bridge of the Americas cargo facility with a limited schedule.

As of Tuesday, October 10, the facility was open from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. CBP continues to encourage members of the trade community to consider other nearby commercial cargo facilities located at the Ports of Ysleta, Marcelino Serna (Tornillo), and Santa Teresa. Hours of operation at Tornillo and Santa Teresa remain extended to ensure the safe and orderly processing of cargo and support the needs of the trade community.

CBP regularly plans for and executes contingency measures to support the overarching agency mission and ensure the safety and wellbeing of those in the agency’s custody.

CBP will continue to evaluate the situation and make operational changes as necessary. Stakeholders will be provided updates to changes or suspension of operations as they become available.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the comprehensive management, control, and protection of our nation’s borders, combining customs, immigration, border security, and agricultural protection at and between official ports of entry.

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