October 20, 2015: U.S. secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has met with Mexican secretary of Finance and Public Credit Luis Videgaray Caso to sign a memorandum of understanding formalizing the U.S.-Mexico Cargo Pre-Inspection Program.
The program will help the United States and Mexico to build on the existing commercial relationship that generates more than US$500 billion in trade in goods and services annually and supports millions of jobs in both countries.
The Cargo Pre-Inspection Program, a deliverable of the U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue and the 21st Century Border Management Initiative, allows U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and Mexican Customs officers to work side-by-side to facilitate the rapid, secure flow of goods across a shared border, enhancing the economic competitiveness of both countries.
"The Cargo Pre-Inspection Program reaffirms our shared commitment to promote the economic growth and prosperity essential to both of our nations while keeping both of our countries safe," said secretary Johnson. "We will continue to work with our Mexican counterparts to develop innovative programs which increase security, expedite trade flows, and better leverage border infrastructure. Fostering the conditions that improve citizens' security and support cross-border business remains a critical part of our bilateral relationship."
The Department of Homeland Security worked in close coordination with the Mexican Ministry of Finance and Public Credit to develop the Cargo Pre-Inspection Program, which will formally begin operations at the Laredo International Airport in Laredo, Texas and the Mesa de Otay Customs Facility in Baja California, Mexico this year.
A third site is planned for San Jerónimo, Chihuahua.