February 4, 2016
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), together with Mexico’s Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit, recently inaugurated the U.S.-Mexico Cargo Pre-Inspection Program pilot at the Mesa de Otay facility in Tijuana, Mexico. Still in the pilot phase, the program was established to improve the flow of trade between the U.S. and Mexico by allowing shipments to be inspected by both sets of customs authorities while in the exporting country. CBP will work at the Mesa de Otay facility with Mexico Customs officers to pre-inspect high volume, but low risk agricultural commodities that are part of CBP’s National Agriculture Release Program (NARP).
The inauguration marks the commencement of the second of three planned U.S.-Mexico cargo pre-inspection pilots. The first was established in October 2015 at the Laredo International Airport. There, CBP officers work alongside Mexican Tax Authority officials to inspect air cargo shipments from the automotive, electronics, and aerospace industries, before they are exported to Mexico. The third program, scheduled for roll-out in mid-2016 in Chihuahua, Mexico, will focus on screening finished electronics being shipped into the United States.