Laredo's shuffle

| February 01, 2007

“Most drivers I talk to don’t have the desire to haul in the United States,” says Ricardo Cortez, a broker who works with many freight-forwarding businesses along the border. “They are happy with the job they have right now. They can be home every night and don’t have to worry about regulations in the United States.”

There are also billions of dollars at stake in the current system in place along the borders. There are hundreds of brokers, freight forwards and drayage operations making a lot of money in Laredo. Mix that in with the fact that a large portion of Laredo is made up of distribution centers, warehouses and trucking drop-and-hook yards, and you have an infrastructure in place that almost guarantees status quo for many years to come.

Trade will continue to grow between the United States and Mexico, but don’t expect wholesale cross-border trucking changes soon, despite the political prattle. Sure, the border crossing system is inefficient and could be better if truck and driver simply picked up a load on one side of the border and delivered it to its final destination on the other side, but it works. And that’s all that matters for Mendoza and those who receive the cargo he delivers on both sides of the border.

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