Under the UCP program, U.S. CBP Officers work jointly with Mexican Officials in inspecting and processing cargo shipments. This reduces duplicative inspections while saving the agencies, as well as trade stakeholders, time and money. The two agencies agreed to expand UCP to two additional ports of entries along the U.S.-Mexico border, increasing the number of UCP programs active at U.S. ports of entry to nine. Under the new bilateral agreement, CBP and SAT hope to expand UCP to possibly more than a dozen locations.
Similar cooperative bilateral agreements were also recently signed between Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, and her counterparts in Mexico, during a trip she took to Mexico in the last week of March 2018. Nielsen’s meetings included a visit with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto where she discussed the importance of improved information sharing, joint operations, and collaborative facilitation of secure trade and travel with Mexico.
History of Unified Cargo Processing
How Unified Cargo Processing Works
When cargo is moved through UCP Program locations, shippers must still submit the requisite data to the requisite agencies. Local U.S. and Mexico Port Officials are working together in certain locations to streamline the data submission process where possible. Referrals to secondary inspection are still possible by either agency for both north and southbound cargo.