US-Mexico Border Update: Expect Continued Delays

April 16, 2019

While produce season is in full swing, increased delays at the U.S.-Mexico border are leaving many shippers and carriers feeling justifiably frustrated. According to The Packer, “Customs and Border Protection officials have warned that processing commercial trucks will be slowed by a shifting of agency resources, and increased volumes of Mexican grapes and watermelon in the weeks ahead could test the agency’s ability to deal with both illegal immigration and commercial fresh produce traffic.”1

To help Coyote’s network stay informed while hauling produce and other goods across the border in the face of continued delays, we’re sharing the latest trade service alert issued by our parent company, UPS, on April 12, 2019 and subsequent direct updates:

The situation

  • The southern border situation has slightly improved from the previous week. 
  • CBP (U.S. Customs & Border Protection) will maintain the total number of reassigned officers at 545 going forward; however, they have received a list of volunteers from non-southern border ports and DHS (Department of Homeland Security), which will allow southern border CBP officers to return to processing cargo. The should offer some relief with cargo crossing wait times temporarily.
    • 100 officers transitioned to El Paso and Laredo this Sunday, April 14.
    • An additional 125 officers will transition to the southern border on April 28.
    • 100 additional volunteers from DHS are being evaluated by CBP Border Patrol.
  • CBP is doing everything possible to keep the FAST lanes open for qualifying loads.
  • CBP is granting priority treatment to C-TPAT participants, though only after the loads have arrived in the U.S. under CBP authority.
  • CBP encourages crossing early in the morning when the shortest wait times are being experienced. The longer the day goes, the longer the wait times.

Reported wait times at ports of entry:

  • El Paso: average of 3.10 hours (down from 4 hours)
  • Laredo: average of 5-6 hours (holding steady)
  • Brownsville - Charles Messana: experiencing 5 hour delay
  • San Diego (Otay Mesa): average of 3-5 hours 
  • Minimal delays through Calexico, McAllen and Nogales

Holy week (Easter) operations:

  • The upcoming holiday may have impact on shipment processing at the border. Specific impact will be communicated as the information becomes available. Customers should plan accordingly.

Holy Week Hours of Operation

     

Station

POE

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

El Paso

Santa Teresa

10:00 - 14:00

10:00 - 14:00

10:00 - 14:00

El Paso

Zaragoza

8:00 - 16:00

8:00 - 16:00

8:00 - 16:00

El Paso

Cordova

6:00 - 14:00

6:00 - 14:00

CLOSED

Laredo

World Trade Bridge

8:00 - 15:00 

8:00-15:00 

8:00 - 15:00 

Laredo

 Colombia

10:00 - 14:00 

CLOSED

8:00 - 15:00

Eagle Pass

POE

7:00 - 23:00

9:00 -15:00

8:00 - 15:01

McAllen

POE

10:00 - 14:00

10:00 - 14:00

8:00 - 15:02

Brownsville

POE

10:00 -14:00

CLOSED

8:00 - 15:03

Otay Mesa

POE

8:00 - 19:00

8:00 - 19:00

8:00 - 14:00

Calexico

POE

6:00 - 14:00

CLOSED

6:00 - 14:00

Nogales

POE

8:00 - 17:00

8:00 - 17:00

8:00 - 16:00

UPS is actively monitoring these conditions and will be providing updates on a timely basis. Coyote Logistics, as a part of UPS’s worldwide network, will strive to share these updates as they become available.

Coyote, as a UPS company, benefits from access to market updates from government relationships at the border, as well as real-time information through customs and freight forwarding businesses. As more details are provided, we will share them with our network to help keep freight moving as efficiently as possible across the border.”

– Kyle Toombs, Director Operations Mexico

In the meantime, if you have questions about cross-border freight services, please contact your Coyote rep or visit our cross-border freight page for more details.

 

Talk to a Specialist

 

Sources: 

1.“Industry wary of growing delays at border”, The Packer (April 12, 2019)

2. “GFF Service Alert – Trade delays along the US – Mexico Border”, UPS (April 12, 2019). Contact UPSSCSInternationalCharters@ups.com with questions. 

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