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Customs Traffic Jam and Trade Paralyzed with the US Due to System Failure


Feb 10, 2024

The merchandise dispatch system was disrupted for over 36 hours. This caused part of the international trade of the country to be paralyzed. It is expected that it will take a week to relieve the bottleneck. Despite this, there has been progress in the situation on Thursday. Hundreds of trailers began moving through the customs areas and the National Customs Agency of Mexico (ANAM) reported that a comprehensive system evaluation was being performed. However, an explanation for the interruptions remains incomplete.

The Nuevo Laredo customs reported that, by instructions from the central area, operations in the loading area of the International Bridge III of World Trade were restarted after 10 p.m on February 7. On an average day, it is estimated that 40 percent of the exchange of goods between Mexico and the United States passes through this bridge, totalling 1.3 billion dollars. The paralysis lasted at least 9 hours before the export platform was reopened at 7 in the morning the next day.

On the US side alone, economic losses totalled 660 million dollars. The Confederation of Industrial Chambers (Concamin) indicated that they do not yet know the estimated losses caused to the different industrial sectors by the closure of the International Bridge. This includes perishable goods, which are especially affected by the delays. The Mexican Meat Council has also led criticism following the fallout and has raised concerns over the supply of food materials if the problem is not resolved.

The merchandise clearance process was gradually reestablished at the customs of Tijuana, Baja California; Manzanillo, Colima; Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua over the course of Thursday. Despite this progress, restoring the flow of the service could take a week. At the Port of Manzanillo there were hundreds of cargo vehicles waiting to pass, so the port authorities announced the extension of service hours to speed up procedures starting this Thursday and until February 13. Additionally at Tijuana, the setbacks began intermittently on Tuesday and total paralysis became evident on Wednesday. Dozens of trucks made long lines, causing inconvenience to many businesses.

By Editor

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