Camacho speculated that legal and international issues are being ironed out between the countries, in addition to decisions about user fees and types of commodities that will be inspected.
The project will be successful if it addresses the issues of security of the officers at the facility and attracts Mexican growers, shippers, importers and carriers that meet guidelines for CT-PAT (Customs Trade-Partnership Against Terrorism) and FAST — Free and Secure Trade programs.
“The bottom line is the value added,” he said. “Are they going to get through the process of exiting Mexico and entering the U.S. faster than they are today?”
Camacho said the facility is designed for time-sensitive cargo such as fresh produce, he said, allowing shipments to pass through the U.S. port with minimum delay, saving time and fuel. Strawberries, tomatoes and cucumbers are among Mexican produce likely to be screened at the facility.
“I think it is a major advancement and this is an opportunity to do something in this business climate that helps all of the business players while at the same time enhancing security,” Camacho said.
The North County Times (San Diego) reported Jan. 3 that the facility was built by the Mexican government and is one of three pre-screening pilot projects in Mexico. Others will be in Nuevo Laredo, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez near Santa Teresa, N.M.