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19 April 2019
The news of a potential shutdown of the US-Mexico border has been spreading throughout companies. While various news accounts have now indicated that President Trump has announced that he does not intend to close the US-Mexico border, the administration will take further actions regarding the southern border.
This article compiles the latest information available.
While the border will not be shut down, there will likely be a slowdown in border processing and an increase in wait times at all land ports of entry on the Mexican border for an extended period. As a result, importers are advised to factor in that wait times at the border will markedly increase or even double. In addition, some weekend or extended hours may be cut back. Individual ports will announce measures specific to those ports.
The major changes that importers must consider are set out below:
Notably, Trump has stated that he might put tariffs on products from Mexico, especially automobiles, if Mexico does not take steps to stop drug trafficking, and if that did not work would again consider closing the border. Importers must keep an eye on the situation at the southern border, as is it could be fluid over the next few months.
The changes are already affecting port operations; delays can be tracked here.
For further information on this topic please contact David R Hamill, Teresa Polino or David Salkeld at Arent Fox LLP by telephone (+1 202 857 6000) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org). The Arent Fox LLP website can be accessed at www.arentfox.com.
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