February 24, 2016 2:00 PM, EST

Cross-Border Freight Haulers Likely to Have New Access Points in New Mexico

Sam Hodgson/Bloomberg News

Cross-border freight haulers soon will have new access points in New Mexico to carry loads to and from Mexico, according to a pre-published interim final rule issued Feb. 23 by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

The additions of Dona Ana and Luna counties expand the existing El Paso, Texas, commercial zone, thanks to the Tornillo-Guadalupe New International Bridge in El Paso.

A date for opening that bridge to commercial traffic is being negotiated between the United States and Mexico, according to FMCSA spokesman Duane DeBruyne.

Public comments on the new access points are due March 25.

At a hearing of the Transportation Subcommittee of the House Appropriation Committee on Feb. 24, Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) noted that Laredo, Texas, handles 66% of the all commercial traffic between the United States and Mexico, 3.8 million trucks per year.