Senate bill would prevent closures of U.S.-Mexico rail crossings admin February 9, 2024

Senate bill would prevent closures of U.S.-Mexico rail crossings

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, introduced a bill that would prevent any future shutdowns of rail crossings between the U.S. and Mexico.

The Keeping International Land Ports of Entry Open Act, introduced on Feb. 8 with Sens. Pete Ricketts, R-Neb.; Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.; and Rick Scott, R-Fla., as co-sponsors, requires that Department of Homeland Security staff are not removed from rail crossings into Mexico unless other measures are in place to keep the flow of goods intact.

NGFA said the bill takes needed steps to ensure the free flow of trade across the U.S.-Mexico border, “which is critical to food security for our countries and the region at large.”

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) five-day closure of the two rail crossings in December immediately impacted the flow of grain, oilseeds and related products for both humans and livestock.

“Since that incident, NGFA has insisted that governments of both nations ensure a plan is in place to avoid shutting down rail commerce across the border,” NGFA noted. “Mexico is the top U.S. export market for corn and wheat and second for soybeans.