Renewed Texas truck inspections along the U.S.-Mexico border are causing delays for freight shipments crossing the border, according to the Mexican government.
Texas has stepped up its inspections at the Brownsville-Matamoros border crossings, causing delays as long as 27 hours for freight shipments crossing the border, the Mexican government announced May 15.
Mexico’s economic officials have called for Texas to ease the stepped-up inspections, which began May 8, and said Mexico will bring the issue to the Trade Facilitation Committee of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada free trade agreement.
“The imposition of these inspections is creating millions in losses for both Mexican and U.S. firms,” the country’s Economy Department said in a statement. “In the end, U.S. consumers will be the ones who pay the price for these policies.”
The delays are primarily affecting perishable goods, such as Mexican-grown produce, a major U.S. import.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has previously said that heightened inspections are meant to stop the smuggling of migrants and drugs, though inspectors didn’t report finding any in 2022.