Governor Greg Abbott’s state inspections of commercial vehicles entering Mexico last week had a negative ripple effect on local commerce and the Texas economy, not even hurting the prevention of illegal immigration – what it was originally intended for.
Last week, the governor of the state led troopers to inspect trucks crossing largest ports of entry for human trafficking, weapons of Texas, and drugs. These inspections were in addition to those already made by the federal customs authorities.
Every day at the terminal, thousands of trucks passed to drop off tons of fruits and vegetables grown in Mexico, inspections cumbersome hundreds of trucks, suppliers were forced to move their import routes to other ports of entry outside of Texas, product was damaged en route and warehouses were empty.
In McAllen, one of the most active trading positions in the Rio Grande Valley with Mexico Directive Abbott was the hardest hit. According to The Texas Tribune, long lines at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge left truckers waiting to cross for days that are massively affecting their supply chain.
“The merchandise comes from Mexico and by the time it crosses it can go wrong, and those are losses,” said Gustavo Garcia, floor manager for Trinidad Fresh Produce, a distributor at the terminal.
The rotten pile of products has grown and many have been thrown. Garcia said he did not know if retailers will still want to buy it keeps aging products, but if they do, the price will be reduced by at least 30%, as reported by the Texas Tribune.
Although Abbott ended Friday policy, the disruption caused by the inspections are likely to have persistent effects.
Abbott said he recognized the inspections were causing economic difficulties on both sides of the border, but that securing the border was more important.
“It is expected that the Mexican states with whom I negotiated agreements are needed to reduce illegal immigration, and has the consequence that if this is not the case, inspections 100% will be restored and could have an economic impact. ” “Said Abbott.” We will take steps to ensure that we have safe and secure borders. “