Delays at US Border Crossings

Any trucker who regularly crosses the border between the U.S. and Mexico or the U.S. and Canada understands that border crossings can be unpredictable and cause serious delays. These delays not only cause economic problems for individual truckers and trucking companies, but they also affect the entirety of our economy as different companies wait for shipments to be processed and delivered. To increase efficiency and decrease costs, it is important for federal, state, and local governments to work with trucking companies to reduce hours of delay and accurately predict wait times at border crossings.

To address these concerns, it is important to reduce the hours of delay for commercial vehicles passing through points-of-entry. In 2001, the Office of Freight Management and Operations, a division of the Federal Highway Administration, began a study of seven U.S. entry points that together handle over 60 percent of trade between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. Currently, unavoidable time delays are often caused by:

  • Processing commercial vehicles that enter the U.S. These inbound clearances are often much more extensive and take much more time than outbound or departing clearances.
  • The number of booths open and the travel demand. The decisions on how many booths to open at particular times are not always made by transportation agencies or by giving priority consideration to increasing mobility.

Currently, it is difficult to predict with certainty the amount of time it will take to cross the border with a commercial shipment. Detailed reviews of these sites will help make future recommendations about improvements to crossing points, increasing mobility without sacrificing security or the performance of required duties.

A truck factoring company can help keep your business accounts running smoothly despite delays in shipments or the delivery of payments.

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