According to the release, the inspections are implemented at four border crossings with the state of Texas: Zaragoza-Ysleta; Córdova-De las Americas; Colombia-Laredo; Reynosa-Pharr. Estimates put the usual trade passing through said crossings at a third of the overall volume.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs rejects this measure that significantly harms the flow of trade between our two countries. As an unavoidable consequence of this provision, merchants in Mexico and the United States are losing competitiveness and considerable income.
According to the statement, the Mexican government got in touch with the US government and with Texas governor’s office to come up with alternatives that guarantee security on their common border without harming bilateral trade.
Last Wednesday, April 6th, the Governor of the State of Texas, Greg Abbott, announced the first of a possible series of actions to secure the southern border of the United States, following the decision of the CDC to end migrants’ expulsions.
As part of these measures, Governor Abbott ordered the corresponding authorities to detain and inspect all tractor-trailers and buses crossing over from Mexico into the United States, citing immigration control and border security measures to prevent the trafficking of migrants and drugs.
Mexico and Texas share a dynamic and productive relationship that stems from the deep trade integration they have built together. In 2021 alone, Mexico positioned itself as the main trading partner and export destination of Texas, with a trade flow between the two valued at approximately 442 billion dollars.