SAN DIEGO (CNS) - U.S. and Mexican authorities were preparing Thursday for the opening of a customs inspections station in Tijuana that for the first time will allow northbound commercial shipments to be screened on Mexican soil before reaching San Diego.
The Mexican federal government is building the facility near the Otay Mesa border crossing, according to U-T San Diego. Once opened, officers from both countries would operate out of it under a pilot program aimed at speeding up the processing of certain produce items, the newspaper reported.
An exact opening date was pending but it is ready and expected to open once Mexico's new president, Enrique Pena Nieto, and the Obama administration give the final go-ahead, visitors who have toured the site told U-T San Diego.
U.S. authorities have refrained from public comment about the pilot program until they make a joint announcement with Mexican authorities.
Otay Mesa is the third busiest commercial port of entry on the U.S.-Mexico border, behind Laredo and El Paso, Texas.
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