Temporary Change at Int’l Bridge to Aid Local Businesses
PHARR – A plan aimed at reducing commercial trade delays at an international bridge will benefit some drivers, but not all.
A representative for the city of Pharr says regular drivers will not be able to use the northbound lanes of the Pharr-Reynosa Bridge for several days; it’s an effort to speed up commercial truck inspections.
The owner of a produce company says it used to take two to four hours to cross; now it’s taking one to three days.
Gustavo Ponce’s wholesale shop is one of hundreds of small shipping businesses at the McAllen Terminal Produce Market.
Because of the delays, these businesses are missing out on millions of dollars.
With these wait times, the ice that keeps produce fresh is melting, causing them to go bad.
"We need to check the merchandise for damage. We take out the bad pieces. We end up losing money," explains Ponce.
KRGV’s Christian von Preysing spoke reached out to Secretary Raymundo Valdez with the Association of Customs Brokers in Mexico. He says this plan will start Tuesday and last through the week.
The city of Pharr has not yet confirmed when this will begin.
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