Costs mount as migration-related delays stall trucks at US-Mexico border

Trucks attempting to enter the United States from Mexico queued for miles on Wednesday amid delays related to record migration at the U.S.-Mexico border, while an industry group said the value of goods stalled in Mexico had surpassed $1.5 billion.

Thousands of trucks have been stranded on the Mexican side of the border after U.S. authorities shut down crossings and imposed extra security checks amid an increase in migration.

In Ciudad Juarez, trucks waited to cross a bridge into Santa Teresa, New Mexico, after cargo processing was temporarily suspended at a bridge connecting the city to El Paso, Texas, to allow customs officers to assist in processing migrants arriving outside official crossings.

Local media said the line of trucks extended 20kms (12 miles).

Also on Wednesday, auto transport group CANACAR in a statement expressed “deep concern” over Texas’ inspections of trucks crossing the border from Mexico, which it said had kept more than $1.5 billion in goods from entering the U.S.

In addition to the slowdown of trucks and trailers, thousands of railroad cars were also stalled in recent days after border officials temporarily halted processing at the international railway crossing bridge in Eagle Pass, Texas.


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