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New Mexico Governor Announces Border Infrastructure and Global Trade a Top Priority

By on May 14, 2022 0


SANTA FE — New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday announced state support for efforts by the federal government of Mexico and the United States to prioritize improvements at the Santa Teresa Port of Entry, NM / San Jeronimo, Chihuahua to streamline international trade and create jobs.

“The State of New Mexico is honored to have a mutually respectful and shared partnership with the federal and state leaders of Mexico,” Governor Lujan Grisham said. “We are working together to improve border trade and invest in this region to create jobs and benefit every family that depends on the goods and services that cross the border area.”

Governor Lujan Grisham made his announcement after Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes returned from meetings in Mexico City with Mexican federal officials and representatives from Chihuahua, Mexico, and after President Lopez Obrador and US Ambassador to Mexico Ken Salazar. announcement that Santa Teresa/San Jeronimo will be a strategic border project for both countries.

Keyes was joined by Joseph De La Rosa of the Department of Transportation and Marco Grajeda, executive director of the New Mexico Border Authority. All three also participated in the first-ever Binational Infrastructure Task Force convened by Ambassador Salazar and attended the swearing-in and investiture ceremony of the new Governor of Chihuahua, Maria Campos, in September 2021. .

“Families and businesses along the border will rise and fall together no matter which side they are on. We must all pull in the same direction to build a lasting and dignified border that provides economic security for all who live, work, and depend on the goods and services of these border communities,” said Secretary Keyes.

Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrand announced Mexico’s commitment to improving border infrastructure at the Border Infrastructure Strategic Forum in Tijuana, Baja California, alongside US Ambassador Salazar.

According to a statement from the Mexican government on May 12, Foreign Secretary Ebrard said that integration between Mexico and the United States is underway “thanks to the production processes and high-level dialogues aimed at rationalizing our chains of supply and our production capacity in the pharmaceutical, medical, electromobility and other sectors.

Mexico has pledged $700 million for projects including upgrading the San Jerónimo-Santa Teresa crossing and its access roads.

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has identified global commerce as one of nine target industries that will receive additional public investment as New Mexico strives to diversify its economy.

The governor has already allocated funds to increase infrastructure needs along the border with $50 million for a border highway connector to improve labor accessibility, $8 million for infrastructure hydraulics and 20 million dollars for the port of Doña Ana Jet. This is in addition to the federal request his administration has submitted for the $170 million expansion in Santa Teresa and Congress’ request for a presidential permit for a rail bypass.

When the state of Texas ordered additional trade inspections last month, the New Mexico Border Authority worked closely with federal authorities to extend hours of operation at the Santa Teresa Port of Entry so that truckers have an alternate route to the United States.

The Santa Teresa Port of Entry is a primary transit point between the United States and Mexico, and the first land port without a bridge structure from the East. For this reason, it fulfills an essential function for the industrial region of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, as the only oversized and overweight port, not limited by space or weight.

Santa Teresa continues to set commercial traffic records and it is expected to continue to increase, due to continued high congestion at El Paso ports. Over the past two years, the port has doubled the number of commercial vehicles handled per hour and reached a new record in 2021 by handling more than 150,000 trucks. The port also includes the largest cattle crossing on the southern border, which handles over 500,000 head of cattle annually.