Under a recently initiated pilot program, agents from the US and Mexico are now performing joint customs inspections in Tijuana.
Since the signing of the NAFTA in 1994, trade between the United States and Mexico has multiplied by a factor of five. This increase in the volume of commerce between the two nations has prompted both public parties and private entities on both sides of the border to devise ways to speed up the pace of cross-border commerce. One such measure that has been implemented to further this goal is to allow for each country to position its customs agents close to the border, and within the national territory of the other in a joint effort to accelerate trade flows. This arrangement is currently in process, and is taking the form of a second pilot program at the US-Mexico border Otay Mesa Port of Entry. Operations began in mid-January of 2016. USCBP now performs customs inspections in Tijuana.
Faster and more efficient