The Laredo International Airport is home to a new idea. An idea that both Mexico and the United States can work hand in hand when it comes to trade. What makes this customs inspection station different from others is that it's the only station in the United States where Mexican agents will pre-clear cargo headed to Mexico. Congressman Henry Cuellar says the station in Laredo is ready to go, but are waiting for some issues to be cleared up.
"Laredo is ready to go. We were suppose to open two stations where we would have officers on the Mexico side but there has been a delay on how officers will defend themselves if there was a situation."
Mexican officials want to have a similar station, but because of strict gun laws don’t allow American agents to carry weapons. The issue of armed agents in Mexico was discussed during a recent meeting with trade officials in Washington. City manager Carlos Villarreal says things will hopefully work out.
"What needs to be worked out are them carrying weapons in another country. They are in the process of getting that done, soon I hope."
Under this new program air cargo designated for Mexico can be diverted to Laredo. Helping the local economy and tapping into a new area of trade creating more business.
Designed specifically for Mexican imports, like auto parts, electronics, and aerospace industries that rely on deliveries to be on time. This opens up a new market for Laredo.
"This is trade that is flying over our heads right now. What were hoping is that they will come here. We want to be number one and this will defiantly do that", says congressman Cuellar.