Mexico City, December 15, 2011 — U.S. Ambassador Anthony Wayne joined Secretary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP) José Antonio Meade Kuribrena and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin today at the inauguration of Mexico’s trusted shipper program, which expedites border crossings for U.S. commercial shipments into Mexico just as Mexican commercial shipments enjoy expedited crossings into the U.S.
“Thanks to this program,” Secretary Meade said, “moving goods across the border will be easier and faster, shipments will be better protected, and import export times will improve, thus increasing the level of competitiveness of participating companies, and along with that, the competitiveness and logistics capacity of the country.”
“The creation of the NEEC program in Mexico is an important step towards ensuring the flow of commerce and visitors between our countries,” said CBP Commissioner Bersin. “It demonstrates how SAT and CBP can work with industry to both improve security and facilitate commerce.”
“The Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program implemented by the United States to allow quicker access for Mexican goods into the U.S. market has played an important role in boosting trade between our two countries,” Ambassador Wayne said. “I congratulate Mexico on this reciprocal program, which will further strengthen the economic ties and economic security of our two nations.”
The C-TPAT program is a clearance program for low risk shipments entering the United States from Canada and Mexico that facilitates expedited processing for commercial carriers at various U.S. land border ports. Key benefits of C-TPAT enrollment include access to dedicated lanes, a reduced number of inspections, and reduced delays at the border. Mexico’s Nuevo Esquema de Empresas Certificadas (NEEC) reciprocates this program for U.S. shippers.