LatinNews Daily - 13 April 2022

In brief: Mounting criticism of enhanced US-Mexico border inspections

* The Consejo Coordinador Empresarial (CCE), Mexico’s leading private sector lobby, has warned that enhanced safety inspections of vehicles crossing from Mexico into Texas have caused long delays and are generating an economic impact of up to US$8m a day. In the same statement, the CCE says the inspections, which were ordered by Texas governor Greg Abbott as part of a wider effort to deter illegal immigration, have delayed border crossings by up to 20 hours and caused a 70% drop in trade flows. The CCE said the inspections are principally affecting the textile, automotive, technology and perishable goods industries. Other private sector lobbies, including the confederation of industrial chambers (Concamin) and the national agriculture and livestock council (CAN) have also voiced their concerns. Truck drivers have blockaded bridges connecting Texas to the Mexican states of Nuevo León and Chihuahua to protest against the measures. Mexico’s foreign ministry (SRE) has rejected the inspection measures, which it said “significantly impairs the flow of trade” between the US and Mexico. US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) attributed long waits at the border to “unnecessary inspections” which it said were causing "critical impacts to an already-strained supply chain”.

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