On August 4, 2016, the Mexican Tax Administration Service (SAT) announced that on July 25, 2016, SAT and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) began a pilot joint Customs cargo inspection test at the customs facilities in Nogales. Completed cargo evaluations will serve as a single export and import inspection for Mexico and the United States.
The project’s main objective is to reduce the time and costs of customs clearance operation, while simplifying processes for users. The test began with maquiladoras who are certified for the CBP C-TPAT program, which means they are recognized by CBP as trusted security companies in the supply chain. During the first week of implementation 491 transactions were processed where the average time it took trucks from arrival at the Nogales Customs (Mexico), until the conclusion of the joint inspection was 24 minutes, including moving the truck 12 km fiscal corridor. Previous to the program, in high season, the process delayed 3 to 4 hours.
Authorities of both countries inspect cargo from 08:00 to 18:00 hours Monday to Friday and Saturday from 08:00 to 16:00 hours. The results of the joint pilot will be evaluated after 180 days (January 2017) to determine whether additional sectors are to be added to the test.