GAO report - Commercial vehicle wait-time at Mexican border 

July 24: The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) today publicly released a report addressing the commercial vehicle wait-time at the U.S.-Mexican border.

Reason for GAO report

In the report, the GAO noted trade with Mexico is important to the U.S. economy, and that most of this trade crosses the border by truck. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is responsible for securing U.S. borders at ports of entry to prevent illegal entry of persons and contraband, and also facilitating legitimate trade and travel.

The GAO was asked to examine CBP data on―and actions taken to address―wait-times at southwest border crossings.

The GAO report [PDF 7.0 MB] addresses:

  • CBP wait-time information
  • CBP infrastructure and staffing needs to process current commercial traffic volumes
  • CBP performance measures and progress toward its trade facilitation goal

GAO recommendations

The GAO report recommends that CBP (1) determine and take steps for consistent implementation of existing wait-time data collection methodologies, (2) assess the feasibility of replacing current methodologies with automated methods, (3) document its staff allocation process and rationale, and (4) develop outcome-oriented performance measures.

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