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Border Zone: Customs and Border Protection terminates lease with Texas Port

Borderlands Is a weekly summary of developments in the world of cross-border trucking and trade between the United States and Mexico. This Week: CBP Ends Lease with Brownsville Port. Mexico will extend the deadline for new customs requirements. Mexico is the 7th largest agricultural exporter in the world. And the Holt Track Center expands to Oklahoma.

CBP terminates lease with Brownsville Port and moves to nearby airport

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently announced that it has terminated leasing at a port in southern Texas, the main trading channel between the United States and Mexico.

As of Saturday, CBP personnel and operations Brownsville Harbor Brownsville-To South Padre Island International Airport.

All CBP Customs services, including maritime, agricultural, foreign trade zones, bonded warehouse facilities, and bonded transfer related inspection services, will be managed from CBP’s new office at the airport.

CBP officials did not tell Freight Waves why the lease was terminated or how many employees were moving to the airport.

“With CBP [Port of Brownsville], CBP inspection services must be arranged in advance by contacting a CBP representative by phone. The international trading community is receiving advice accordingly, “CBP officials said in an email to Freight Waves.

Founded in 1936, Brownsville Port is a 40,000-acre deep-sea port on the US-Mexico border. The port is connected to the Gulf of Mexico by a 17-mile long ship channel. The types of commercial vessels that regularly call at Brownsville are bulk carriers and petroleum / chemical tankers. The port has 13 general cargo docks and 6 liquid cargo docks.

The Port of Brownsville is connected to the Gulf of Mexico by a 17-mile long ship channel. (Photo: Brownsville Port)

More than 80% of the port’s trade is with Mexico, transporting products such as steel, gasoline and other fuels across national borders.

Eduardo Campirano, director and chief executive officer of the Port of Brownsville, said the relocation of CBP to the airport would not change anything as far as trade activities are concerned.

“The only change is that it doesn’t have an internal presence. [Port of Brownsville]”Campirano said. “CBP moved to Brownsville International Airport and built a new terminal there. Apparently they have a new space there.”

Brownsville-South Padre Island International Airport is approximately 6.5 miles from the Port of Brownsville. In 2020, the airport opened a $ 43.8 million terminal.

“From a port perspective, we’re clearly disappointed because we’ve provided CBP with on-site facilities for 40 years,” Campirano said.

CBP did not pay rent at Brownsville Harbor.

“They basically informed us that we were going to the airport and sending the same people to the harbor,” Campirano said. “Clearing ships at the port here is still a top priority for them.”

Officials from the Brownsville Licensed US Customs Broker Association declined to comment on how this move would affect trade in the region when contacted by FreightWaves.

The Port of Brownsville moved a record 11.6 million shorttons of cargo in 2020. There are more than 270 companies in the port with 4,000 employees.

At the port, more than 1,000 trucks transporting petroleum-based products, along with sugar, salt, wind turbine parts and steel, are also seen daily.

Mexican authorities extend deadline for new customs requirements

The Mexican government has announced that it will postpone the start of controversial customs regulations. Carta Porto — Digital tax documents issued on cargo intended to protect the legitimate movement of goods throughout Mexico.

Companies shipping goods across the US-Mexico border must prepare for the medical record porto until March 31st, without facing fines or penalties. For companies shipping goods domestically throughout Mexico, new tax document requirements came into effect on Saturday.

Carta Porte was created by the Mexican Tax Authority (SAT) with the aim of reducing cargo theft and the movement of smuggled goods through Mexico.

All cargo of all sizes and goods of all types traveling by road, rail, air, or sea in Mexico require the Carte Porte supplement, an electronic document with up to 160 questions.

The SAT is currently requiring all entities sending goods via Mexico to use Carta Porte supplements to modify their electronic invoices (known in Spanish as CFDI).

The SAT can impose a fine of up to $ 4,500 on the shipper, carrier, or other party if the cargo is not properly documented.

Watch: Mary O’Connell of Freight Waves discusses new customs regulations in Mexico with Nuvocargo’s Anaid Chacon and Josie Blanco.

Mexico 7th largest agricultural exporter in the world

Mexico exported agricultural and beverage products to 192 countries in 2021 and is one of the largest agricultural exporters in the world, according to the country’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER).

SADER said that during the first 11 months of 2021, agricultural exports increased 7.5% year-on-year, making Mexico the seventh largest international exporter. release..

“Numbers and records are important and motivate us to continue to grow, but behind the foreign trade figures is the success story of companies, producers and people facing the transformation of the Mexican countryside. I will never forget, “Víctor Villalobos Arámbula, director of SADER, said in a statement.

Beer and tequila are the best-selling products abroad. Mexico exported more than 3 billion liters of beer to 130 countries from January to November. The main export destinations for Mexican beer were the United States, Australia, Canada and South Africa.

In second place is tequila, with Mexico exporting about 500 million liters of distilled beverages in the first 11 months of this year, the highest export level for this product ever. The main destinations are the United States, Australia, Canada and South Africa.

According to SADER, pork, beef, avocado, animal feed and red shrimp were some of the other top export agricultural products.

Holt Truck Centers expands to Oklahoma

Holt Truck Center We recently acquired five Summit Truck Group dealers in Oklahoma, along with territorial sales rights in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Purchases include five locations in Oklahoma: Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Ardmore, Enid, and Muskogee. Holt will also be a Navistar Certified International Truck and IC Bus Dealer in Oklahoma and Wichita Falls.

The financial terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

“We are deeply rooted in the highway truck business and will continue to provide superior products and services to meet our diverse needs,” said Bad Frugium, Senior Vice President of Holt Truck Center, in a statement. I promise that. ”

According to the release, Holt will continue to sell Isuzu’s commercial trucks and special vehicles for Ottawa and crane carriers, servicing all manufacturers and models everywhere.

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