It seems the global supply chain is always in the news these days. Whether it is a backlog of cargo carriers at the Los Angeles/Long Beach ports, vaccination requirements at the US-Canadian border, or the latest development happening at the border of Texas and Mexico. Governor Greg Abbott has recently announced efforts to increase inspection of trucks entering the Lone Star State, resulting in increased weight times at the border crossing.
Governor Abbott has strengthened inspections because he says that large trucks are the most common way for drug smuggling and human trafficking to occour in the United States.
The downside to this is a tighter bottleneck for trucks to enter Texas, with reports of some ports of entry having a backlog of 20 hours or more.
Detractors call this move by Abbott a mistake, adding another obstacle to current global supply chain shortages. Likewise with Canada, the United States imports a lot more from Mexico than what you may expect, such as steel and other industrial supplies. Many of these resources are used in the trucking industry.
With news of backlogs totaling over 20 hours of waiting, there have been reports of some truckers deciding to detour to another state’s border in order to skip the stronger inspection.
Abbott says that he is working across the border to enable inspections on the southern side, starting with inspections in Nuevo Leon, which not only lowers the number of trucks waiting in line, but also shortens the inspection time from approximately 50 minutes to only 30 minutes.
Beyond checking for drug smuggling and human trafficking, the Texas Department of Public Safety says that they have also taken 800 vehicles off the road due to violations such as defective brakes and faulty lighting.
As with the Canada border, truckers in Mexico have been protesting the inspections by blocking many bridges connecting Mexico to the United States, also having an effect on global supply chains.
Hopefully Governor Abbott can work out deals with other Mexican states to help keep things running smoothly while still maintaining inspections.
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