NAFTA's promise slowed by lack of border infrastructure (Marketplace)-Mexico Institute in the News
American Public Media, 10/30/12
Chris Wilson, who researches binational trade for the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington D.C., says
“Customs and Border Protection has identified a $6 billion deficit between where we are now and where we need to be to keep up with all the people and goods that are flowing across the border everyday."
There has been some progress. There’s a new commercial port of entry in Arizona and another under construction in west Texas. Other ports have added additional lanes and trusted traveler programs have helped speed up inspection times. But it’s not enough. In the past two years binational trade has grown by a record 23 percent. Without the infrastructure to support that amount of trade both countries lose out.