The South Texas border (with Mexico) is experiencing long delays today after the governor of Texas issued an inspection enforcement action on Thursday, April 6. Per the proclamation, all commercial trucks entering the United States through the Mexican port of entry will undergo a Level A inspection. Some driver protests have started this morning halting movement.
- Current inspections at the Pharr International Bridge in McAllen, Tx are taking over 40 minutes per vehicle with some trucks experiencing 10-20 hours wait times (normal crossing time is one hour)
- Drivers are reporting limited access to food, water, and restrooms
- Many carriers shifted to the nearby crossing point of Progresso trying to avoid delays however this morning truckers have blocked the entrance on the Mexican side to protest the situation
- Over 1.28 billion pounds of fresh produce, including limes, tomatoes, bell peppers, chiles, melons, and carrots cross the Texas/Mexico border each year
- The Texas International Produce Association sent a letter to Governor Abbott imploring the modification of the enforcement action (attached)
- The California and Arizona border crossings with Mexico are not impacted at this time
- Expect ongoing delays with orders loading in Texas; Markon will continue to update as more information becomes available
Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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