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U.S. Customs’ Pilot to Tackle Cross-Border Cargo Processing

(Grace M. Lavigne – JOC)

The director of operations at the largest port of entry on the U.S.-Mexico border hopes a new U.S. Customs and Border Protection pilot program will bring in more specialized Customs agents and equipment to help prevent truck slowdowns during a current period of exploding cross-border cargo growth.

Fred Brouwen, who oversees the movement of commercial vehicles and passenger-operated vehicles at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge that connects Pharr, Texas, to Reynosa, Tamaulipas, in Mexico, said the No. 1 crossing station for U.S.-Mexico perishables needs an agriculture and entomology laboratory, in particular, as well as more agriculture and entomology specialist agents to expedite the clearance or rejection of shipments potentially contaminated with invasive plant and insect species. Read more here.