| NCBFAA customs broker and freight forwarder members with operations on the Southern Border should be advised that the ongoing protest impacting commercial truck traffic at the Port of Hidalgo/Pharr has now expanded to include the Port of Progreso. |
Both Mexican and U.S. carriers continue to seek meetings with representatives from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and Governor Abbott’s office to voice their concerns and seek a reduction in the safety inspections to a reasonable number. At the Port of Laredo’s Colombia Solidarity Bridge, Texas DPS will continue to conduct increased truck inspections outside the cargo commercial facility which impacts the flow of trade. APD Vasquez, meanwhile, has set up a separate primary lane at World Trade Bridge for diverted traffic from Colombia and is working with Mexico ANAM personnel.
Port of Eagle Pass is also expected to experience increased Texas DPS inspections. The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Laredo Field Office, meanwhile, continues with its Business Resumption Contingency Plan and the surrounding ports will again support and process diverted truck shipments, the agency said.
The following Southern Border ports are currently assisting with diverted commercial shipments:
Port of Brownsville (Los Indios and Veterans Bridge)
Port of Rio Grande
Port of Roma
Port of Laredo (World Trade Bridge) (No Hazmats)
Port of Eagle Pass
Port of Del Rio
CBP said these ports will stay open extra hours if commercial traffic warrants it. Contact your corresponding APD Trade if you need additional information.