Clouthier’s remarks centered on what would ultimately benefit Mexico as a sure bet, so it makes sense that she would shirk Abbott’s volatility and route the T-MEC Corridor through Santa Teresa, New Mexico, which sits just 20 miles west of downtown El Paso, according to the Dallas Morning News. New Mexico officials hailed the development, with Border Industrial Association President Jerry Pacheco telling the paper that already he’s seen the difference in how Mexico interacts with New Mexico based on Abbott’s decisions. The brief period of added inspections, which lasted from April 6 to April 15, led to hours of backups for border crossings, wasting both time and money. Pacheco said that during that time—and even now—communities in Mexico and the U.S. are finding that Santa Teresa is a faster route comparatively.
“It’s been very interesting, but since Gov. Abbott’s truck inspections went away, our traffic numbers remain higher than normal in terms of northbound cargo shipments, which leads me to believe that what I thought would be a temporary fix is actually going to stick in the long term,” the Santa Teresa-based Pacheco told the Dallas Morning News. Pacheco admitted that the T-MEC project is still in its early stages but that New Mexico being brought up as a key component of the route is “a positive thing.”
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