CUSTOMS TO START MONITORING EXPORT SHIPMENT MORE

  A top U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) official said the agency is considering expanding its role to include verifying U.S. exporters’ security compliance, with any future program likely to be modeled after the agency’s Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program. C-TPAT sets security…

Commissioner Updates U.S. Chamber on Security, Economic Advances

CBP Commissioner Bersin at U.S. Chamber of Commerce U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan D. Bersin today updated members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on efforts to modernize, streamline and strengthen CBP operations at ports of entry. Bersin spoke to members of the…

First Mexican Cargo Trucks Set To Reach U.S.

  By Hernán Rozemberg Tuesday, October 18, 2011 SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Guillermo Pérez knows all eyes will be on his trucks, but he says he’s up to the challenge. He’s a manager at Transportes Olympic, the first Mexican trucking company to receive U.S. approval…

U.S. food safety risks since 9/11: Pest explosion breaks out as anti-terror measures took priority

CBP CHECKING FOR PESTS IN IMPORTED GOODS THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER Monday, October 10, 2011 FRESNO, Calif. — Dozens of foreign insects and plant diseases slipped undetected into the United States in the years after 9/11, when authorities were so focused on…

First Mexican Trucking Permit Delayed by U.S. on Safety Concerns

  The U.S. Transportation Department is delaying the first permit for a Mexican trucking company to start cross-border operations, citing safety questions raised in public comments. Grupo Behr de Baja California SA de CV, which passed a preliminary Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration inspection Sept.…

INSPECTORS STRUGGLE TO KEEP UP WITH IMPORTS

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Inside the giant warehouse, past the labyrinth of cubicles and corner offices, behind the security door marked “Authorized Personnel Only,” the smell isn’t all that bad today. “Sometimes it’s unbearable,” said Denise Williams, a supervisor in the U.S. Food and Drug…

U.S. INLAND PORT LACKING INSPECTORS AT BORDER CROSSINGS COSTING MILLIONS

  By Michel Marizco SAN LUIS, ARIZONA – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has beefed up the number of border agents in the last 10 years, but not its customs inspectors – those officers in blue who check the legitimate traffic coming through the…

DOT READY TO LAUNCH MEXICAN TRUCK PILOT PROGRAM

READY TO START MEXICAN TRUCK CROSS BORDER PILOT PROGRAM Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood sent to House and Senate leaders last week a letter asserting that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has fulfilled all the requirements necessary to launch a pilot program allowing long-haul Mexican…

Moving Mexican produce is a booming Valley business, no matter how you slice it

  By WILLIAM PACK STAFF WRITER Aug. 13, 2011, 12:52AM Close [X] SAN ANTONIO — Business is booming in the Rio Grande Valley as a result of soaring traffic in fruits and vegetables from Mexico, an increasingly sophisticated produce powerhouse that exports more fruits and…