The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Mexico’s Tax Administration Service (SAT) have partnered to conduct joint cargo inspections to reduce border wait times. The cross-border collaboration will be conducted at the Otay Mesa Cargo Facility and it will be under the Unified Cargo Processing pilot program.
The pilot program kicked off last week and seeks to enhance national security for both countries while demonstrating a shared commitment to facilitating cross border commerce. The pilot will serve Free and Secure Trade (FAST) participants with the following operating hours: Monday-Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday and holidays from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The Chamber applauds CBP for the pilot program and will continue to advocate for its expansion and permanence in order to increase cross-border commerce in the in the Cali-Baja region and binational collaboration between Mexico and the United States.