Mexican Custom Inspections, Now in the U.S.
Cargo flying out of the U.S. into Mexico will no longer have to be inspected at a Mexican Port; as our Orlando Garza shows us it can now happen at the Laredo international airport. Cargo will now be inspected by Mexican customs here at the Laredo international airport. Airport manager Jose Flores hopes it will bring an economic boost to our local economy. "Theres an opportunity for us to capture new business. Business that today is flying over us at 30-thousand-feet so if we capture that business we bring in more business to the community." Prior to Laredo being approved, shipment would be unloaded to a bonded warehouse and would have to wait hours or even days until the owners would see their merchandise. "Under this program here upon arrival in Mexico the cargo gets delivered immediately to the owner not having to pause at a bonded warehouse saves that cost to the operation." Costs merchants hope to bank on, Javier Canales is a representative for a forwarding agency and says the time spent bypassing the inspection in Mexico should increase profits for their business partners. "The operations the Mexican customs will authorize will have, in terms of the auto industry, ready in time for the assembly line and production." Having Mexican inspections at the airport is also a historic event. "This is the only facility we know where two customs share one building of two respective countries." Mr.Flores says this hallway symbolically represents the Rio Grande on the north side you have the U.S. Customs and on the south side of the building you have Mexican customs uniting both countries under one roof.