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Santa Teresa border crossings increase in July


The Aug. 5 Santa Teresa Customs and Border Protection virtual meeting showed increases in commercial, private and pedestrian traffic at the Santa Teresa Port of Entry (STPOE), Border Industrial Association (BIA) President Jerry Pacheco said.

Pacheco reported these highlights from the meeting:

  • Commercial traffic reached 13,402 trucks in July, an 11.75 percent increase over June. “This is an all-time, record high for truck crossings at STPOE,” Pacheco said. The previous record was May 2019, with 13,221 commercial crossings, he said.

“STPOE only has to average 9,000 commercial crossings in August and September to surpass the entire 2019 total for commercial crossings,” Pacheco said. “It’s amazing that during the current pandemic, we are seeing commercial crossings at STPOE rise substantially. We are building momentum to surpass the port of entry at Hidalgo, Texas, which would make STPOE the fourth largest port by volume on the entire U.S.-Mexico border.”

  • Privately-operated vehicle crossings increased 12.21 percent in July compared to June.
  • Pedestrian crossings increased 14 percent in July compared to June.

Pacheco founded BIA in 2009. It is an advocacy group that represents the Santa Teresa Industrial base. Since its founding, BIA has successfully lobbied for more than $50 million in infrastructure funding for the port region.

For more information, visit www.nmbia.org.