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NewsTrucking

Mexican truckers set to block Texas bridge Saturday

Mexican truck drivers will be protesting rising wait times at Laredo’s World Trade Bridge border crossing

Members of a Mexican truck drivers union announced they will block World Trade Bridge III, which connects commercial cargo between Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, and Laredo, Texas, beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday.

The blockade from the Border Union of Operators of Nuevo Laredo members is to protest what they say are increasingly longer wait times and inadequate service they experience hauling goods through the South Texas border crossing. 

Juan Antonio García Fuentes, president of the union, said the longer wait times are being caused by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) review process at the Laredo port of entry.

“We want to be heard that we have terrible service in the review of goods in Customs’ operation and delay the crossing of cargo,” he told news outlet El Heraldo.

Drivers on the Mexican side of the border say they are waiting up to three hours in lines that stretch more than 12 miles. Fuentes said the longer wait times are affecting the income of union drivers, who are hauling fewer loads because they spend hours waiting to cross the border.

Armando Taboada, assistant director of CBP field operations at the Laredo Field Office, said if protesters block the bridge on Saturday, commercial truck traffic will be diverted to the nearby Colombia Solidarity Bridge. 

“We will have proper staff there to process incoming shipments and Colombia is well equipped to handle the truck volume,” Taboada said in an email Thursday.

Taboada added CBP is addressing border wait times and monitoring primary booth processing and the number of lanes available at Texas ports of entry.

“Truck wait times have increased but are due to the following: incorrect carrier/driver information on automated commercial environment (ACE) transactions; ACE issues on driver information; [and an] increase in number of shipments,” Taboada said.

Other issues CBP has encountered from Mexican carriers include tractor-trailers with incorrect plates or missing plates, as well as tractors that have two plates and only one on e-manifest, Taboada said.

The Laredo port of entry is the No. 1 inland port along the U.S.-Mexico border, accounting for $231.58 billion in imports and exports in 2019, according to U.S. Census Bureau data analyzed by WorldCity.

More than 1.8 million commercial trucks crossed the World Trade Bridge from January to July, down 6% compared to the same period in 2019. 

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6 Comments

  1. Cry me a river. I couldn’t care less about how Mexican drivers feel about it. They take a lot of freight away from American drivers because, they can cross the border, drive to their destination in the US, then haul a return load back into Mexico, instead of dropping their loads at the border, so that American drivers can deliver them. There’s no reciprocity, like there is with Canada because, it’s too dangerous for American drivers to haul loads into & out of Mexico, so we have to drop our loads at the border for Mexican drivers to deliver in Mexico. It’s a very one sided system & if the Mexican drivers have a problem with wait times at the border, they can stay mad for as much as I care.

    1. Many U S companies move freight from point to point in Canada. Certain U S companies and certain companies in Ontario Canada having been getting gov money to lowered freight rates. All truck drivers from Mexico and Canada need to have medical insurance card for when they are U S soil. We also need to have a minimum wage rates of $20.00 U S per hour plus overtime after 10 hours per day when on U S soil.

  2. I used to work for a trucking company in another border town in Brownsville, TX. Many Fortune 100 companies had their twin plans across the Rio Grande River in Matamoros, MX. Several would require us to give them trailers that they would take into MX, load, and return to us in B’ville. I hated it bc the trailers would always come back missing tires, lights, and anything else that could be stolen. I say, let them wait in lines. It’s a corrupt country for sure.

  3. I used to work for a trucking company in f border town in Brownsville, TX. Many Fortune 100 companies had their twin plans across the Rio Grande River in Matamoros, MX. Several would require us to give them trailers that they would take into MX, load, and return to us in B’ville. I hated it bc the trailers would always come back missing tires, lights, and anything else that could be stolen. I say, let them wait in lines. It’s a corrupt country for sure.

  4. Woopty Doo! So what, land it ooks like the ridiculous protest will only hurt themselves more than anyone else anyway! If they wana cry about the wait times, then how about those mexican drivers (stop) trying to (smuggle Drugs) into AMERICA!!! And especially, (Human Trafficking) of Women!!! The agents just recently caught another trucker with illegal cargo and ect.. So the new Trump Border wall is already making a good big difference! And now the CBP is also doing well with their check point examinations too! Hurray…lol.

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