By: Francisco Diaz
A pilot program directed from Washington DC will begin preparations for the installation of Mexican customs at the airport in Laredo. It is expected that United Sates and Mexican officials will confirm this soon and announce the date to begin operating.
Carlos R.Villarreal, city manager, confirmed that everything will develop favorably and elements of the Mexican customs will come next week to see the progress of the building and training.
"The building is almost ready. They will finish it at the end of this month and the office will function to release goods from Laredo to airports in Mexico," he said.
Villarreal said the goal is to increase and make air cargo operations more efficient bound for Mexico from Laredo, where the taxes on goods delivered wil already be paid and enter Mexican territory as domestic goods to be delivered immediately without requiring a deposit.
"The whole business community will gain from this project. It will generate more jobs, an economic development, and it is a new way of doing business with Mexico," he said.
"There will be many advantages because goods no longer have to be checked at international airports such as Monterrey, Guadalajara and Toluca, and will go directly to their destinations saving time and money," he said.
Villarreal said that Laredo will be the first to have a Mexican customs on Untied States territory, a project that took three and a half years to develop and was disputed by cities like Brownsville, San Antonio and Kansas City.
He stressed that the Laredo airport works seven days a week, 24 hours a day and with nearly 200 million dollars invested in the last 10 years, it has loading and unloading platforms and the longest runway in South Texas.
The facilities are so extensive that authorities say 30 B-757 air crafts fit on the platform at the same time.
"This project is not a competition, but to complement the services that are already offered and create more business on both sides of the border," he said.
He added that Laredo will benefit by having more cargo volume and charge fees for good handling and storage when this service is required, since the airport has a free trade agreement.
"We already did our part. The building is almost ready and we are training the personnel. Now the announcement of the transactions and the rules will be made by federal authorities in both Mexico and the United States," said Villarreal.
- AIRPLANE DIRECT ROUTES TO LAREDOby Rubén Mendoza, 17/06/2012 09:00
Good News! I Hope this project will help to introduce passengers direct flights Mexico-Laredo-Mexico from different carriers either in Mexico or the US.
Since It is widely known that only one (ONLY ONE!) airline in Mexico has a monopoly in flights to Nuevo Laredo, which is a nuisance to arrive in Nuevo Laredo, and then hurring in a taxi to cross the border, and also airplanes tickets from that company are so expensive. Thanks a lot.