Preclearance is considered an important trade facilitation tool and a similar operation is already in place for southbound cargo coming from Canada to certain U.S. northern border ports. Laredo, Texas, the largest commercial U.S. land border crossing will likely be the first southwest border port to experiment. Mexican Customs agents operating at the Laredo airport are currently allowed to carry firearms to assist southbound security operations. Although the details of an official cargo preclearance agreement will still need to be agreed upon between the two countries, removing the firearms carrying restriction is a significant step and a win for trade facilitation.
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