U.S., Mexico to open joint inspection stations

Border fenceU-T San Diego, 1/2/2013

U.S. and Mexican authorities are preparing for the opening of a customs inspections station in Tijuana that will allow U.S. officers for the first time to screen commercial shipments on Mexican soil before they reach the border.

The facility, built by the Mexican federal government, would have officers from both countries operating out of the same compound near the Otay Mesa border crossing. The aim of the pilot program is to speed up the processing of certain produce items — and thus improve the bottom line for businesses.

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