COMMERCIAL PORT OF ENTRY HOURS EXTENDED AT SANTA TERESA

COMMERCIAL PORT OF ENTRY HOURS EXTENDED AT SANTA TERESA

U.S. and Mexican Customs have jointly announced that, starting Feb. 11, 2002, the Santa Teresa/San Jeronimo Port of Entry will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday for commercial traffic.

The change provides two additional hours in which commercial vehicles can access the port at night. The Port will continue to process commercial traffic from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, and will remain open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days per week, for non-commercial traffic.

The new extended hours are designed to facilitate northbound and southbound commercial shipments destined for the interiors of the U.S. and Mexico. In Mexico, the port’s accessibility has been greatly increased by the recent opening of the Samalayuca Bypass, which connects the Pan American Highway (Highway 45) south of Juarez directly to Santa Teresa/San Jeronimo. On the U.S. side, the four-lane Pete V. Domenici Highway, which turns into Artcraft Road in Texas, directly connects the Port to I-10.

These two pieces of new infrastructure, which connect to form a beltway on the western edges of El Paso and Juarez, have combined to reduce travel and crossing times for cross-border traffic. Due to the new infrastructure and the Port’s modern truck inspection equipment, the crossing times for commercial traffic at Santa Teresa/San Jeronimo are the fastest in the region.

In order to prepare for the extra commercial traffic expected at Santa Teresa, the New Mexico Motor Transportation Division (the state’s agency for truck inspections) has reintroduced its pre-inspection program for Mexican trucks. In this program, MTD officials will inspect fleets of Mexican trucks for any safety concerns at their holding yards in Mexico. Trucks that pass the inspection will be granted a sticker allowing them to make unlimited crossings into New Mexico without being stopped for additional inspections during this period. Trucks that fail the inspection will be provided with a list of changes required in order for the vehicle to cross into New Mexico.

In this manner, the safety of Mexican trucks is insured before they approach the state’s border area.

Forklift services will be available for unloading/loading of trucks during the extra commercial hours. Banca Serfin in San Jeronimo will also remain open until 8 p.m. to process any documents and/or payments for commercial shippers.