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Cargo trucks crossing into US waiting up to two days

Tijuana, Baja California — Freight transport drivers crossing into the United States through the San Isidro and Otay Mesa ports have had to wait up to 48 hours to cross the border in a line up to 12 kilometers long.

On April 2, the Office of Customs and Border Protection closed two of the 10 lanes that are intended for cargo transport. Today, there are three fast lanes open where drivers say the wait is from 5 to 6.5 hours, while in the standard line, the wait can be up to two days.

The partial closure of the lanes is a “temporary and indefinite” action by CBP, which President Donald Trump decided, arguing that it is a problem that affects national security.

The Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon, said a few days ago that “if we do not achieve normalization very soon, it will cost both countries economically.” The losses are already occurring.