When representatives visited Washington, D.C., in September, they expressed a willingness to the Food and Drug Administration to have a mobile testing lab at the border, Jungmeyer said.
Last year, a microbial lab and a pesticide lab were deployed to Nogales for one month each.
“It assures the industry that we are committed to safe produce,” he said.
The labs also reduce turnaround time for the test results, which is especially important for perishable food, he said.
FPAA also is working with members to get commitments for truck crossings starting an hour earlier in the morning and two hours later at night to reduce congestion at the border crossing, Moore said.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is willing to implement a pilot program for extended hours but first wants a commitment from shippers to cross enough trucks during those hours to make the change worthwhile, she said.