Mexican freight transporters are facing wait times of up to eight hours near the U.S.-Mexico border in Southern California.
The longer lines at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry south of San Diego were reportedly caused by changes to customs requirements by a new pilot program initiated by the city of Tijuana and Mexico’s National Chamber of Freight Transport (CANACAR).
The pilot program is not well defined and was implemented without consultations with trade associations and transportation officials, said Lupita Sandoval, president of the Independent Transporters of Baja California.
“We are seeing that every time a pilot program is implemented without making the necessary consensus with participants, which are in this case the transport companies, this pilot operation apparently carried out by the city council is causing chaos in the streets of Tijuana,” Sandoval said to news outlet Uniradio Informa.
Wait times for trucks heading into the U.S. through Otay Mesa usually run from one to three hours.
The Tijuana customs agency has four commercial access lanes leading toward the Otay Mesa Port of Entry, which is operated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The four commercial lanes on the Mexican side of the border include:
- Free and Secure Trade (FAST) for certified cargo lane.
- Customs Technological Integration Project (PITA) lane.
- Regular noncertified cargo lane.
- Lane for trucks that are crossing empty into the U.S.
According to Sandoval, CANACAR and the Tijuana city council carried out a change in customs requirements and a reorganization of traffic in the area, which has affected trucks heading into the U.S.
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