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Southern Border Update

Southern Border Update

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has released a letter to port stakeholders explaining they expect to experience a very challenging peak summer travel season nationwide.

In the letter Customs states, “our nation is facing an unprecedented humanitarian and border security crisis on our Southwest Border, and CBP forms America’s front line in addressing the crisis. Ports of Entry on the Southwest Border have already shifted resources to assist the U.S. Border Patrol, resulting in exponentially longer wait times than typical at those locations. All of CBP will be called upon to provide support and resources to our brethren in the crisis zone.”

Due to the crisis along our Southwest Border, CBP is not expecting to receive additional resources or funding nationwide to assist with the peak summer travel season. Therefore, in an effort to maximize the number of front-line CBP officers, Agriculture Specialists, and support personnel, CBP is planning to take certain actions including:

  • Implementing overtime austerity measures to maximize available funds.

  • Reallocate overtime resources to the areas of greatest need.

  • Limit discretionary operations, such as non-mandatory details outside the port.

  • Suspend all training not requiring immediate delivery until after peak season.

  • Limit the percent of employees authorized vacation time.

About 300 Customs officers are being deployed to the Southwest border from other parts of the country. A CBP spokesperson confirmed it “will send CBP officers from airports and northern border locations on temporary assignments throughout the Southwest border to support the U.S. Border Patrol during the current border security and humanitarian crisis. The selected CBP officers will be replacing the CBP officers currently assigned to support the Border Patrol along the Southwest border. The exact number and locations of the CBP officers is not available at this point.”

Wait times along the border remain high at most ports of entry. Wait times for trucking are often underreported and these delays are hard to measure because they are exceeding historical standards. With truck lines exceeding a certain distance there’s a lack of experience of how to handle this length and congestion.

We are hoping to have a better understanding late this week whether this situation will get improve or continue as is.

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