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CBP reminds public ahead of Mother’s Day: Only essential travel allowed through Border Ports of Entry

On Wednesday, officials with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a statement, reminding the public that travel restrictions announced in March and extended on April 20 remain in place as the Mother’s Day holiday approaches.

Travel related to tourism or visiting friends or relatives is currently deemed non-essential.  To determine if travel is essential vs. non-essential, please reference the Federal Register Notice.

Historically the Mother’s Day holiday is one of the busiest at the El Paso ports of entry.  CBP officers and agriculture specialists continue securing the borders, facilitating trade and processing essential travel.

“During Mother’s Day, our CBP agriculture specialists historically experience an increase in the number of floral imports arriving at our surrounding ports,” said CBP El Paso Director of Field Operations Hector Mancha.

“While we anticipate lower traffic volumes than previous years, we remind travelers that our frontline personnel remain vigilant to ensure agricultural items are free from insects, pests or disease.  While anti-terrorism is our primary mission, our frontline personnel remain steadfast to identify anyone bringing anything that may cause harm to the United States.”

With the current travel restrictions in place, CBP would like to offer helpful tips for those crossing the border on essential travel.

Do not pack a pest.  CBP recommends that people traveling from foreign, consult the CBP Info Center section on the CBP website before they travel.

As always they should also always declare all items they’ve acquired abroad to CBP officers to avoid civil or criminal penalties and reduce the risk of introducing pests and disease to the U.S.

For more information on prohibited/restricted items, visit CBP’s Know Before You Go website.

Essential only travelers can monitor wait times by visiting CBP’s Border Wait Time (BWT) web page or by downloading the BWT app via Google Play or the Apple App Store.

Report: Slowdowns at border ports of entry could cost Texas billions

Increased wait times at Texas’ ports of entry could cost the state more than $32 billion in gross domestic product in just over three months, according to a report released Thursday.

The report, conducted by the Waco-based Perryman Group, says that the border region alone could take a hit of nearly $2 billion, while the state could lose about 292,000 jobs over the next year as a result of the federal government’s decision to divert customs officers from the state’s international bridges to help the U.S. Border Patrol handle a surge of migrants.

“As a major exporting and importing state with an extended southern border, Texas is particularly hard hit by the border slowdown. In fact, the state is responsible for about 35% of all trade with Mexico,” the report states. The study was commissioned by IBC Bank in conjunction with the Texas Association of Business, Texas Border Coalition, Texas Business Leadership Council and the Border Trade Alliance.

The the economic losses laid out in the study would represent the loss of one-third of the country’s total trade trade with Mexico over a three-month period.

The slowdown in the international bridges began in late March after former Customs and Border Protection commissioner and current interim Department of Homeland Secretary Kevin McAleenan said the agency was diverting 750 customs officials from Tucson, Laredo, El Paso and San Diego to help U.S. Border Patrol agents process the record numbers of immigrant families who are crossing the border to seek asylum.

Ray Perryman, the president and CEO of the Perryman Group, said the study assumed an average increased wait time of 30 percent at Texas ports of entry — a figure that came a survey of industry professionals.

Nationwide, the study predicts about $69 billion in gross domestic product could be lost, with manufacturing, transportation and utilities and the wholesale trade industries taking the biggest hits. Perryman said any delays at the border can affect businesses in every corner of the country.

“For example, Michigan is a long way away [from the border] but they make a lot of things in Michigan with goods that flow back and forth on the border.”

Many industries also use “just-in-time” practices, ordering goods as needed to avoid storage or inventory costs Perryman said. Companies that use that model are also going to be affected if they don’t have the necessary inventory already on hand.

The study was released just after reports that Mexico surpassed Canada and China to become the United State’s biggest trade partner during the first two months of 2019.

Two-way trade with Mexico was about $97.4 billion through February, according to WorldCity, a Florida-based company that tracks trade data using U.S. Census information. Trade with Canada and China stood at $92.4 billion and $90.4 billion, respectively.

Author: JULIÁN AGUILARThe Texas Tribune

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