After more than a week and significant harm to U.S. businesses and the food supply chain, the Governor of Texas ceased the duplicative inspections on trucks leaving U.S. ports of entry along the Texas/Mexico border after signing agreements with the four Mexican states that border Texas. Many of our members reported trucks were stuck in line from 24 hours to 100 hours after bottlenecks caused by the Texas inspections halted trade and caused many people to divert loads to other ports and other states along the border.
The FPAA and its members are relieved that these unnecessary inspections have ceased for now, and U.S. companies are going about the business of determining the short and long term damage of these actions as they try to get supply chain flow back to normal.
During the last week, the FPAA worked closely with allied organizations, Federal and state elected officials, and other parties to try and end the harm to the food supply and U.S. companies impacted by these inspections. The FPAA and allied groups spoke with reporters from state and national news media including the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Politico, the New York Times, and more. Now the work continues to help ensure these kinds of actions are not taken again. Border security is of the upmost importance, and in the conversation about how best to secure our borders, U.S. companies should not be subject to the fallout from these debates.
While the trucks are flowing now, on Monday Gov. Abbott said that he would not hesitate to resume blocking commercial cargo if Mexico or Mexican states are unable to prevent the flow of illegal immigration. (Article – Gov Abbott threatens to shut down border trade with Mexico again)
If members have questions or feedback about these issues, please do not hesitate to contact the FPAA office.
- Wall Street Journal – Gregg Abbott’s $5 Avocados
- CNN – Rotting fruit, spoiled vegetables: How Texas just made the supply chain even worse
- MSNBC – Texas’ Greg Abbott reverses course on damaging border scheme
- Business Insider – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s truck inspection policy created a logjam at the border that resulted in $240 million of spoiled produce
- Produce Blue Book – ProduceIQ: Market in havoc after border inspections
- Chron – Texas lost $477 million due to Gov. Greg Abbott’s enhanced commercial truck inspections, economist estimates
- Freight Waves – $240M in produce losses blamed on truck delays at US-Mexico border