TUCSON, Ariz. — Starting Jan. 31, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will start offering year-round Sunday service for commercial trucks at the Nogales-Mariposa Port of Entry.
Mike Humphries, Nogales Port Director for CBP, made the announcement Thursday.
“We are very excited with the news. Being able to offer Sunday service means that Nogales is on equal footing with any of the major ports along the US-Mexico border that have been offering Sunday service for a long time”, said Jaime Chamberlain, Chairman of the Port Authority, in a statement. “For companies that operate on a just-in-time structure, being able to schedule shipments on Sundays offers greater flexibility. It also makes the Arizona-Mexico Corridor more competitive."
The move could help with produce shelf life, said Scott Vandervoet, who was previously chairman of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas.
According to CBP, the Nogales-Mariposa Port of Entry is one of the country's largest commercial ports, with nearly 350,000 northbound trucks crossing with $30 billion in goods in 2019.